Cardiff and Scarlets try to leave South Africa as the country goes on the red list of trips to the UK | Rugby Union News

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Scarlets and Cardiff are set to perform at the United Rugby Championship in South Africa this weekend; a host of British and Irish golfers also withdrew on Friday ahead of the second round at the Joburg Open, the first event of the DP World Tour, former European Tour

Last updated: 26/11/21 08:10


Cardiff and the Scarlets are trying to return to Wales from South Africa after the country was added to the UK Government’s red travel list.

The Scarlets will face the Sharks in Durban on Saturday, where Cardiff will also play in the United Rugby Championship against the Lions in Johannesburg on Sunday.

The Irish province of Munster and the Italian club Zebre Parma are also in South Africa ahead of matches against the Bulls and Stormers, respectively, and all four teams will play a second round of matches in the country next weekend.

British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said flights to England from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe would be suspended from Friday noon and all six countries would be added to the red list.

Anyone arriving after 04.00 on Saturday, must stay at a managed quarantine hotel.

“As the situation in South Africa has changed so rapidly, we are now seeking to repatriate our staff ASAP,” Cardiff said on Twitter.

“For concerned families and friends, you can be assured that our focus is on ensuring the safety and well-being of our people and will keep you updated with any developments.”

Scarlets chairman Simon Muderack wrote on social media: “Many will have seen the news of the new Covid variant affecting our people in South Africa.

“We are focused on the welfare of our staff in South Africa and the concern for their families back home. We are exploring all options for repatriating our people as soon as possible.”

A host of British and Irish golfers also withdrew on Friday ahead of the second round at the Joburg Open, the first event of the DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour.

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