Sources in England and Wales have told The Rugby Paper of unanimous support for the Springboks to replace Japan in the Eight Nations tournament due to start at Twickenham in November. The move could prove to be of historic significance as a step towards South Africa’s entry into the Six Nations.
French president Bernard Laporte’s attempt to broker a deal on behalf of the Six promises manna from heaven for the World Cup holders at a time when they may have nowhere else to go despite being contracted to appear in The Rugby Championship.
“South Africa want to play here this autumn,’’ a leading power-broker said yesterday. “They see it as the chance of a lifetime to get into the Six Nations, a no-brainer.
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September 06, 2020