Mon, 10 Aug 2020

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SA Rugby has already indicated that it will prioritise a return to Test rugby, including doing some "reverse engineering" if necessary to fast-track a return to the most lucrative landscape of them all for the defending world champions.

But the biggest question, in terms of any move toward either a full or (again) single-round Rugby Championship, is likely be around the opening - or not - of international borders in the closing months of the year.

Another worrying little reminder for you: the newest members of the former Tri-Nations, Argentina, share with South Africa rising coronavirus numbers, to the extent that the capital and largest city, Buenos Aires, recently retightened several lockdown restrictions after a noticeable spike in infections there.

Even if the tournament were to be staged, as suggested already, in a central country/city, the sands of time in 2020 are running dangerously low, I'd venture, for a Championship.

But I do always try to remain a staunch optimist.

*Rob Houwing is Sport24's chief writer. Follow him: @RobHouwing

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