South African sport faced a shutdown on Friday due to the detection of a new coronavirus variant, with British rugby teams scrambling to leave before travel restrictions are imposed, and the first event of golf’s new-look DP World Tour under threat.
Four rugby teams were due to play South African opposition in the United Rugby Championship (URC) but Welsh clubs Cardiff and Scarlets said they were looking to leave, as Britain prepares to impose travel restrictions from 1200 GMT on Friday.
“With the situation in South Africa having changed so quickly, we are now looking to repatriate our staff ASAP,” Cardiff said on Twitter.
“For concerned families and friends, please rest assured that our focus is to ensure the safety and welfare of our…
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