Mandela death could disrupt Super Rugby

Last updated 05:00 30/06/2013

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Sanzar bosses are aware of a potentially massive disruption to the end of the Super Rugby season should Nelson Mandela fail to recover from his illness.

The 94-year-old remains in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital.

It has been reported widely in the republic that when the great former South African president dies there will be an official 10-day period of mourning which could see all sport in the country put on hold.

It has the potential to wreak havoc with the closing stages of Super Rugby which has two more rounds of the regular season to run, before a further three weeks of playoffs. There is no room on the calendar for games to be postponed.

Sanzar chief executive Greg Peters told Fairfax Media: "It's not appropriate to think about rugby issues when we're all so worried about the health and wellbeing of a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and everyone in South Africa, rather than focusing on any rugby issues." 

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