'D-day' for July Tests
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: World Rugby will not decide on whether Test matches in July will go ahead before the end of April, French rugby federation chief Bernard Laporte told AFP Thursday.
“For the moment, they’ll make a decision end-April on the cancellation of the July tours,” Laporte said, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on sporting events.
World Rugby president Bill Beaumont had on Wednesday suggested postponing July matches to the November, but Laporte insisted there was “nothing official”.
Countries from the northern hemisphere traditionally travel south in July to play a couple of international matches, while the opposite occurs in November.
France were due to travel to Argentina to play two Tests against Los Pumas, on July 4 in Salta and a week later in La Plata.
While, South African are set to play two Test matches against Scotland on July 4 and 11 followed by a historic fixture against Georgie on July 18 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.