The Scarlets are moving from Durban to Cape Town as both Welsh sides continue their attempt to get back home from South Africa.

Both Cardiff and Scarlets are still in South Africa as they try to plan a way out of the country since the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant.

The west Walians will base themselves in Cape Town, where Cardiff are currently stationed, as they wait for further details on a return home.

It is unclear whether the move is in order for the two teams to combine their travel plans back to Wales. However, the two other European teams currently out in South Africa, Munster and Zebre, are also situated in Cape Town - with the former flying there from Pretoria today.

But quite what will happen when they return to Wales, or even when that will be, is still firmly up in the air.

It had been rumoured this morning that the sides wouldn't get back to Wales until Wednesday. However, both regions are hopeful that they will get back before then.

The issue for the struggles is understood to be finding somewhere to land, with both teams having sourced charter flights home from the country on Friday afternoon but were refused clearance by the Civil Aviation Authority as the UK and EU closed their borders to South Africa.

Both sides were due to play United Rugby Championship fixtures against South African sides, but when it became apparent that the UK Government were moving South Africa to the red list, those fixtures were postponed and attention turned to getting the two teams back to Wales.

From 4am on Sunday, travellers entering the UK from South Africa will have to go straight into a 10-day hotel quarantine.

As such, it's also unclear what will happen when the teams do return.

If strict quarantine is enforced, it's hard to see the European clashes on the weekend of 10/11/12 December going ahead.

Cardiff are set to host Toulouse, while the Scarlets are meant to travel to Bristol that weekend - but quarantine throws all that into doubt.

Speaking about the situation on Premier Sports, former Wales wing Shane Williams said: "Well, we'll have to wait and see.

"The priority is that the players are safe, that they come home safe, and keep their families safe. They'll have to do a couple of sit-ups in their room if they're going to be anywhere near ready for Europe.

"That's a big ask, but first of all, get the boys back safe."

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