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VIDEO SHOWS: VOX POPS WITH SOUTH AFRICAN RUGBY SUPPORTERS TALKING ABOUT THE SPRINGBOKS' DECISION TO PULL OUT OF RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (OCTOBER 16, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
1. GENERAL VIEW OF DOWNTOWN CAPE TOWN
2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RUGBY SUPPORTER, MATTHEW LOUW, SAYING:
"Ya obviously, we (Springboks) are the World Cup winners so to see that again like it would bring a major impact because remember, the Springboks also playing as well is like a way to unite South Africa in a certain way so if they're not playing like people don't feel united at all basically, ya."
3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RUGBY SUPPORTER, JUSTIN BARENDS, SAYING:
"Man, if the Springboks are not in the games against New Zealand and Australia, it's not interesting at all because I think that's the biggest rivalry there is, Springboks, New Zealand, Australia."
4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RUGBY SUPPORTER, GEORGE CONRADIE, SAYING:
"If the Springboks don't participate in the Championship, what is the use of watching the rugby."
5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RUGBY SUPPORTER, CALVIN SWANEPOEL, SAYING:
"Sports is something that always brought South Africans together especially so ya I mean, economies are struggling to return to normal and ya, people want normality so I personally think it would be nice to see them but I obviously understand their reasoning behind it."
6. MORE OF DOWNTOWN CAPE TOWN
STORY: South African rugby fans said they had been left disappointed by the Springboks' decision to pull out of the Rugby Championship.
Governing body SANZAAR announced the withdrawal on Friday (October 16), citing player welfare. With South Africa badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, players have been unable to train properly or play competitive rugby.
The competition will now go ahead featuring New Zealand, Australia and Argentina, and will be played only in Australia. It starts in Sydney on October 31.
Springbok supporters in Cape Town said without World Champions South Africa, the tournament would not have the same attraction.
(Production: Shafiek Tassiem and Iain Axon)