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Jacques Nienaber and Rassie Erasmus.
Jacques Nienaber and Rassie Erasmus.
Johan Rynners

There's nothing "official" from them … not yet, anyway.

But let's just say that walls have ears, and it is my understanding that SuperSport are adopting a reasonably nervy, wait-and-see approach to the now almost certain development of South Africa's big four rugby franchises all throwing in their lot with an expanded version of the current PRO14 competition.

The severing of ties with Super Rugby after around quarter of a century is already sparking fierce, widely contrasting debate after our lengthy association with it … one that began gloriously and then faded with the constant expansion and structural tinkering that diluted it excessively and dampened both spectator and TV-viewer interest.

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