SA Rugby to earn R130-million despite Boks' withdrawal

SA Rugby will not lose 'hundreds of millions of rands' after withdrawing the Springboks from the Rugby Championship, as has been reported.

In fact, according to Daily Maverick sports editor Craig Ray's sources, SA Rugby will actually earn R130-million.

This is due to a collective bargaining agreement that guaranteed all four Sanzaar nations would benefit financially even if one was unable to attend the tournament for Covid-19 reasons.

SA Rugby would have earned R189-million had the Springboks participated, so they are 'only' missing out on R59-million.

A Tri-Nations tournament – involving the All Blacks, Wallabies and Pumas – will take place in Australia from 31 October to 5 December.