SA Rugby investigating tragic death of Border club player during unsanctioned tournament

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander during the South African national rugby team arrival media conference at OR Tambo International Airport on 5 November 2019 (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)
SA Rugby president Mark Alexander during the South African national rugby team arrival media conference at OR Tambo International Airport on 5 November 2019 (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)
Sydney Seshibedi

SA Rugby is investigating a breach of Covid-19 regulations during which a young rugby player from a club in Border tragically passed away after picking up a serious injury during a tournament match.

The incident happened at a tournament at Ngqwele Location near King William’s Town this past Saturday.

"This is a tragic incident that should never have happened, and our hearts go out to the family, friends and team-mates of Vizicelo," said Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, in a statement on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately, this goes directly against our Covid-19 guidelines around return to training, as all amateur rugby matches have been suspended for the year due to the pandemic and all our unions, clubs and other bodies know this.

"This tournament should never have taken place and we will launch a full investigation into the incident, as well as the tournament." 

SA Rugby then reiterated that its Covid-19 Committee (CovCom) had approved a proposal to allow amateur clubs, universities, associate members and schools teams to return to training under certain strict conditions, and that a return to play will not be permitted in 2020.

The statement added that no further comment would be made on the matter.

- SA Rugby media

 

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