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SA Rugby rejoices as all-SA URC final snaps Super Rugby nostalgia, but some questions linger

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The Stormers lift the South Africa Shield during the United Rugby Championship match between the Scarlets and Stormers at Parc y Scarlets on May 21, 2022. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)
The Stormers lift the South Africa Shield during the United Rugby Championship match between the Scarlets and Stormers at Parc y Scarlets on May 21, 2022. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

About a year ago, SA Rugby was contemplating - breathlessly so - the proverbial perfect storm, a Covid-induced beast that not only meant no crowds would be present for the Springboks-Lions series, but almost saw the whole venture being cancelled. 

On Saturday, the local game's inaugural season in Europe culminates in an all-South African final between the Stormers and Bulls at Cape Town Stadium in the United Rugby Championship (URC).

For the beleaguered local governing body and its franchises, it's the perfect outcome, one that fully vindicates the move after New Zealand essentially forced South Africa to break away from Super Rugby.

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