Namibia Rugby Hopeful of an Active 2021 Campaign

THE Namibia Rugby Union remains hopeful of a full and active programme for its national teams next year, after the South African Rugby Union’s decision to omit Namibia from its competitions next year.

Namibia’s Welwitschias have been competing in the SuperSport and Currie Cup competitions for a number of years now, but Saru recently announced that Namibia would not be invited to compete in next year’s tournaments.

“The general council of South African Rugby made a decision at its last general council meeting that it will have an internal focus and that Covid 19 has restructured its planning and competitions, and hence they will not be able to accommodate the NRU during the 2021 season,” the NRU announced in a recent press release.

NRU CEO Theo Grünewald on Thursday said the decision was regrettable, but understandable.

“We are disappointed about it but it”s understandable if you look at Saru’s financial situation with some of their unions like EP going bankrupt, while Covid-19 has had a severe impact,” he said.

“However, tomorrow evening we will have a zoom meeting with the Confederation of African Rugby where we will discuss the 2021 season and what competitions or tournaments will take place. We also asked Saru to assist us with friendlies and the response so far has been good and it seems that we will have some friendlies against some of the unions,” he said.

“We are also negotiating with some other countries for additional matches, but we will announce that together when the time comes,” he added.

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