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Flag bearers Hooker Bongi Mbonambi’s Sharks, seen here in a URC clash against the Bulls, have qualified for the European Rugby Championship, but the deal has not been signed  Photo: Lee Warren / Gallo Images
Flag bearers Hooker Bongi Mbonambi’s Sharks, seen here in a URC clash against the Bulls, have qualified for the European Rugby Championship, but the deal has not been signed Photo: Lee Warren / Gallo Images

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The celebrations may have been in full swing since three of South Africa’s United Rugby Championship (URC) teams qualified for the European Rugby Championship (ERC), but the public may have to put the cork back in the champagne bottle until their participation is actually confirmed.

That the Sharks, the Stormers and the Bulls – placed third, fourth and sixth with a round remaining before the play-offs – have legitimately qualified for rugby’s version of the Uefa Champions League is indisputable, but City Press has learnt that the contract has not been signed yet.

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