Blitzboks out of Madrid Sevens event as Spain extends travel ban

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Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell expressed disappointment in his team not being able to participate in the Madrid Sevens tournament.
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell expressed disappointment in his team not being able to participate in the Madrid Sevens tournament.
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The Springbok Sevens team will not participate in the Madrid Sevens tournaments at Campo UCM Central later this month after the national government of Spain extended their Covid-19-related travel restrictions on a number of countries, including South Africa.

This means South Africans are not allowed entry into Spain until March 2, ruling the national sevens team out of the two tournaments to be played on consecutive weekends — from February 19-21 and 26-28 — in the Spanish capital.

The Blitzboks were due to leave for Spain on Wednesday evening as the original travel ban was due to expire on that day, but this week it was extended to early next month, resulting in the Blitzboks withdrawing from the two events, first arranged by World Rugby to prepare teams that qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in July.

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