The misery of Saracens continues because they are denied the showpiece against South Africa because the world champions do not want to associate with the affected brand
- Saracens had planned to play against South Africa during the 2020-21 season
- But after the salary ceiling scandal, the world champions withdrew
- Saracens still have games against the South African Stormers and Sharks
Saracens will have the opportunity to play a selection framework against world champions South Africa next season to reduce the impact of degradation of the Premiership.
The shamed London club had unveiled plans to organize a series of glamor matches against foreign opposition – such as the Springboks – that would take place during their 2020-21 campaign in the Second Division’s RFU Championship.
Saracens had ambitiously planned a showpiece meeting with South Africa, but Sportsmail understands that their hopes have been wiped out because the country’s union does not want to associate the Boks with what has become a tarnished sports brand after the salary limit scandal.
Saracens are given the opportunity to play against the South African World Cup team
Last November, the South African team, captain of Siya Kolisi, won the World Cup by beating England 32-12 in the final in Yokohama.
A match against the holders of the Webb Ellis Cup would have been a huge cash register attraction and a lucrative event for Saracens in terms of revenue if it had taken place in London.
But the indications are that Saracens – who are automatically degraded as punishment for salary breaches – may have to look for high-level opposition elsewhere.
They can still be successful in competing against leading South African franchises such as the Cape Town Stormers and the Durban-based Sharks as part of a strategy to arrange meetings with Super Rugby parties.
Saracens hoped to organize the lucrative event at home during the 2020-21 season
Sources have indicated that the franchises are free to beat the English and European champions without the threat that their union will veto the games.
Saracens hope that the prospect of selection boxing matches outside of their league commitments will encourage leading players to stay next season instead of jumping.
On Thursday, the whore of the club, Jamie George, said: “There are conversations about playing games in South Africa – quite competitive games – and about playing against South Africa.
“Such games will be essential while playing in the championship.”