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SA's franchise preparation series: Irrelevant or interesting peek into the future?

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Sharks wing Sbu Nkosi scores a try in the 2020/2021 Currie Cup final.
Sharks wing Sbu Nkosi scores a try in the 2020/2021 Currie Cup final.
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When SA Rugby's preparation series commences this weekend, certain grizzled supporters will certainly become nostalgic.

The second round of fixtures are slated to be played on Tuesday, 9 March and Wednesday, 10 March, an enticing flashback to the first fully professional season of Super Rugby in 1996, when the then-Transvaal played the Brumbies in Canberra on a Tuesday and the Sharks narrowly lost out to the Highlanders on a Wednesday morning.

Admittedly, those were the days when conditioning as a science only started emerging and the practice of midweek action disappeared surprisingly quickly.

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