Chief executive Mark Robinson says the move was coming for quite some time.
"The relationship is probably at the lowest ebb it's ever been at."
But the Springboks seem likely to remain part of the Rugby Championship.
Former Crusader Pete Samu has received a warmer welcome than most to Christchurch.
Ian Foster says the schedule needs to change immediately to avoid Christmas quarantine.
Rassie Erasmus says they want to play, but several hurdles remain.
But Dave Rennie has put the onus on the NZ Government to make it happen.
The southerners took advantage of a big first-half wind at Inglewood - and held on for victory.
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NZ fell to a 17-run defeat in the opening game in Brisbane.
Official team lists and injury news for this week's provincial rugby championship games.
Bay of Plenty couldn't capitalise on a dominant first half.
"We are asking people to go into managed isolation and many will be in there over the Christmas period."
Beauden Barrett and wife Hannah have welcomed their first child.
Andy Marinos says the November 7-December 12 schedule had been agreed on some time ago.
RA boss Rob Clarke says they will continue to work with NZ Rugby to find a suitable resolution.
The Rugby Championship draw will force players and staff to spend Christmas Day away from families
But the Director-General of Health says things are tracking well.
A group of Whakatane locals delivered on the occasion with a rousing waiata.
Tyla Nathan-Wong , Ruby Tui and Stacey Fluher were all selected.
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