Sharks eager to play in front of fans as United Rugby Championship comes to SA

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New Sharks hooker Bongi Mbonambi training at Kings Park in Durban this week.
New Sharks hooker Bongi Mbonambi training at Kings Park in Durban this week.
Howard Cleland

The United Rugby Championship (URC) becomes more tangible for South Africans this weekend as the Sharks and company welcome their European counterparts to these shores — and fans back to stadiums.

The URC, which pits the four SA franchises — Sharks, Bulls, Lions and Stormers — against northern hemisphere teams, started in September, but this will be the first time it is played in SA.

This promises to make it seem more real to local fans, after the start of the tournament saw all the local sides travel to Europe for a month-long tour that wasn’t very successful for any of them.

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