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Bulls, Sharks will do well in Rainbow Cup - Ernst Joubert

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Ernst Joubert during his Saracens playing days. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ernst Joubert during his Saracens playing days. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)

Former Lions and Saracens loose forward Ernst Joubert is excited about the prospect of seeing South African sides compete in the PRO16 Rainbow Cup.

The Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers have left Super Rugby and will compete in the northern hemisphere from 2021.

Joubert, who played for English club Saracens between 2009 and 2015, told Sport24 that the time was right for South Africa's top teams to play in a different competition.

"I'm extremely excited and not just for the Rainbow Cup, but for the long-term as well. Owing to Covid-19, I don't know if the Rainbow Cup will happen this year, but it will be great if it can.

"I'm excited to see South African players measure themselves against their northern counterparts, but obviously a number of our top players are playing in England and France. It will be good to see the new breed of players who are top in South Africa at the moment take part against the best in Europe," he said.

Joubert, who locally played for Boland, WP and the Lions, said South Africa's teams should be able to adapt to the conditions and predicted that the Bulls and Sharks would fare best.

"A number of people find northern hemisphere rugby boring, but many forget that when you play for such a long time in the north you go from autumn and winter to spring and almost summer again. You can go from playing an ugly kicking game in the snow where you brawl it out to throwing the ball around on a green field.

"In the north, you have to have a balance in terms of the way you play and can't just focus on one game plan. From a South African perspective, the Bulls and Sharks in particular have a strong kicking strategy coupled with an effective attacking game and will do well."

READ | Ernst Joubert's full Q&A with Sport24

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