Never say never with Springboks and Six Nations - Andrew

2020-02-24 16:25
Rob Andrew (Getty)

Cape Town - Former England flyhalf Rob Andrew has refused to rule out the possibility of South Africa joining the Six Nations in the next few years.

Register your interest for the British & Irish Lions tickets in South Africa 2021

The subject came to light again earlier this month when a report in UK publication Daily Mail claimed that negotiations were at an advanced stage for the Springboks to leave the Rugby Championship in 2024 and join the Six Nations.

Andrew remains sceptical, saying the complexities of making it happen will present a major hurdle, though he feels the ever-changing nature of modern sport means you can’t rule the switch out completely.

“I’ve heard it before,” he says.

“It’s one of those things that comes up every five years or so, normally around the time of renegotiation of rights, shares of revenue, competition formats and all the rest of it.

“The complexities of coming into the Six Nations would be extraordinary, but one of the things I have learnt is that you never say never in modern professional sports. It’s changing at such a rapid rate.

“When we pitched up in South Africa in 1995, it was the last ever amateur World Cup. The game was still amateur just 20-odd years ago! It’s the same with cricket and the move to T20 and the IPL ... some of the stuff that’s happened in the last 10 years, you would never have imagined it possible.

“So you just never know if it will pan out, though I suspect money will play a big part in deciding the outcome. Modern professional sport is driven by money, and a lot of decisions are made on that basis, rightly or wrongly.”

Andrew will be in South Africa in early March as a member of the Lord’s Taverners Celebrity Cricket XI. The UK-based disability sports charity will play two cricket matches in Cape Town against its sister organisation Lord’s Taverners South Africa to help raise awareness of the work of the charity locally, which includes Table Cricket, an adapted version of the game which gives those with physical and learning disabilities the chance to play the sport we all love.

“It’s very big in the UK; they have something like 8 000 mentally and physically disabled kids playing Table Cricket,” Andrew says.

“There are matches being hosted all across the counties, most of whom work very closely with the Lord’s Taverners.

“It’s just a fantastic way for the kids, some of them with very severe disabilities, to be part of a team. I’ve had a go at it as well - it’s quite an interesting challenge - and it’ll be great if on this tour, along with the Taverners in South Africa, we can help raise the profile of Table Cricket over there and help grow their programme.”

* The Lord’s Taverners charity celebrity cricket team and supporters will be in Cape Town to support Lord’s Taverners SA at the Sporting Legends Dinner at Kelvin Grove on March 7. The event will be hosted by Dan Nicholl, and will include chats from cricket legends like David Gower, Mike Gatting, Andy Caddick and Vincent van Der Bijl, as well as rugby stars Rob Andrew and George Chuter. Proceeds will go towards Lord’s Taverners SA’s various charity projects.

For more information or to book your spot, contact Ruth Mackenzie

Email: ruth@imergeconcepts.com

Phone: +27 (0)82 886 2818

Read more on:    springboks  |  six nations  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Saturday, 04 July 2020
South Africa v Scotland, Cape Town 17:05
Saturday, 11 July 2020
South Africa v Scotland, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17:05
Saturday, 18 July 2020
South Africa v Georgia, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 17:05
Saturday, 08 August 2020
South Africa v Argentina, Emirates Airline Park 14:00
Saturday, 15 August 2020
Argentina v South Africa, Estadio Bicentenario 21:45
Saturday, 29 August 2020
Australia v South Africa, Optus Stadium 14:00

Who should walk away the winner in the Team of the Year category at the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.