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DEEP DIVE | How SA’S URC teams embraced small, firecracker players once considered outcasts

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Kurt-Lee Arendse. (Photo by Anton Geyser/Gallo Images)
Kurt-Lee Arendse. (Photo by Anton Geyser/Gallo Images)

It used to be that players of Gio Aplon’s frame, speed and skill in domestic South African franchises were limited to, well, just Gio Aplon.

Now, everywhere you look inside South Africa’s United Rugby Championship (URC) changerooms there’s a player with the same, almost identical qualities.

The Bulls’ Kurt-Lee Arendse, the Sharks’ Thaakir Abrahams, the Lions’ Edwill van der Merwe and the Stormers’ Angelo Davids have all lit up the URC to varying degrees.

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