The new face of rugby for fans

SA Rugby has advised its member unions that only fully vaccinated supporters will be allowed to return to club and professional rugby matches. This will be within the limits announced by the sports minister, whilst observing the prevailing health guidelines.
A maximum of 2 000 spectators will be permitted entry to rugby venues, while still adhering to all other health protocols and social distancing measures.
This however does not extend to school rugby matches, which fall under the guidelines of the Department of Basic Education.
SA Rugby stated that it would provide guidelines to assist with the management and implementation of the entry protocols to ensure the safe return of fans.
Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby, said that the governing body was in full support of the government.
“This is very welcome news and the first step to returning to having the freedom to sell out venues on special occasions once again,” Roux said.
“It is 19 months since a fan was last allowed in a rugby stadium and this is the light at the end of the tunnel that our sport has desperately needed.
“We trust that this initial allowance will increase speedily as the impact of the vaccination programme and the experience in other territories points to a further relaxation of restrictions.”
SA Rugby added that provincial unions would be responsible for ensuring that the union, clubs and their affiliated bodies adhere strictly to the directions stipulated in the Government Gazette.