Covid-19 also took his toll in the rugby league community. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to everyone that lost a family member or friend to the Covid-19 pandemic.
No games were played on field during this season, but we did play a virtual league on Facebook.
I like to thank everyone that helped or participated in what ever way to make this project a success. South African Rugby League’s Facebook ratings increased dramatically during the competition.
Thank you, Deo Botha and team, for your tremendous effort in this regard. I must also mention Bernard Verster for the excellent idea.
The opportunity to return to play presented in October. The cost and effort to comply to the Return to Play Protocol made it impossible for the clubs to participate in this project.
The season went by without any games played.
Little happened on the field but off the field the administrators were busy. Western Province Rugby League had successful meetings and will be back in the game with the new season.
Northern Gauteng Rugby League is the first to affiliate with their rugby union province, in this case the Blue Bulls Rugby Union. I trust that the other provinces will soon follow suit in this important endeavour. As a result of the negotiations the NGRL’s Northern Bulls changed their name to the Northern Gauteng Cowboys.
On international level SARLSA got involved in the foundation of the new Middle East Africa Rugby League Federation. The MEARLF holds a promising and interesting challenge for SARLSA with much more opportunities on international level.
I would like to thank our Secretary General, Kobus Botha and all the members of the board as well as the directors of SARLSA for their continuous support and hard work.
The Covid-19 pandemic is not yet over, use the time to get your club and province in order.
“The future depends on what we do with the present” – Mahatma Ghandi .
Dr.Frans F. Erasmus
President: South African Rugby League Sporting Association