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BIG INTERVIEW I ‘I had us coming ninth, tenth’ - Dobson after stunning Stormers turnaround

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John Dobson
John Dobson
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Sport24 chief writer

When John Dobson set about planning his first-time assault on the novel north-meets-south, 16-team United Rugby Championship, he went through the fixture list with a studious toothcomb.

“I thought then, OK, probably Benetton … surely a win over the Lions at some point … maybe steal a result from Connacht … Zebre a definite,” the Stormers head coach recalled in the cosy, garden-side lounge-bar of a Newlands hotel to Sport24 this week.

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Fixtures
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Parc y Scarlets, TBC
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Glasgow Warriors
DHL Stadium, Cape Town
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