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Rugby-Boks to host Argentina at empty Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

REUTERS: South Africa will host their two home matches in the Rugby Championship against Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium next month, but they are likely to be played in front of empty stands, officials said on Monday.

The fixtures follow directly after the series against the British & Irish Lions and will be played on Aug. 14 and 21 as the world champions compete in the Southern Hemisphere championship for the first time since winning it in 2019, having skipped last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Unfortunately, there is little prospect that spectators will be allowed to attend matches, but we are pleased to be returning to the Eastern Cape (for the first time since 2018) for these important tests," SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said.

"Because of all the health and safety and logistical considerations that come with COVID-19 we decided to minimise the risks and reduce the logistical challenges by playing both tests in one city and venue."

The Boks will travel to Australia and New Zealand later in the competition, where they will play two tests each against both opponents.

(Reporting by Nick Said, editing by Ed Osmond)

Source: Reuters

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