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SA rugby franchise’s fortunes are night and day compared with past season

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Former Springbok and Lions player Gcobani Bobo. Photo: Shaun Roy/Gallo Images
Former Springbok and Lions player Gcobani Bobo. Photo: Shaun Roy/Gallo Images


This time last year, South Africa’s franchises were languishing in the bottom eight of the United Rugby Championship (URC) table, having won about a quarter of their collective 16 games.

But as they went into the international break this month, all four teams were in the top 10, with the Bulls leading the charge in third, the defending champions Stormers fourth and the Sharks eighth, just ahead of the Lions.

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