The Springboks were scheduled to play Scotland in a two-game home Test series in Cape Town on 4 July at DHL Newlands, and Durban on 11 July at Jonsson Kings Park, while the first-ever match between the Boks and Georgia on South African soil.

On Friday, World Rugby announced that the programme of international rugby matches during the 2020 July window has been postponed due to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives. The decision means the 2020 Castle Lager Incoming Series between the Springboks and Scotland, as well as the Springboks’ historic Test against Georgia are postponed.

Extended travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to numerous countries, and concerns over adequate player preparation time, mean that any sort of cross-border international rugby competition cannot be hosted in July.

“Any solution will have player health, welfare and appropriate return-to-play protocols at heart. It would be inappropriate to comment of potential solutions during a fluid and important consultation process,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.