SA rugby teams in Euro gig

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Chief executive of SA Rugby, Jurie Roux.
Chief executive of SA Rugby, Jurie Roux.

As South African rugby keeps seeking post-Covid normality with new tournament creations and fresh partners, the Sharks are busy preparing for their Currie Cup opener against the Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday and now also have clarity about what comes after the domestic competition.

SA Rugby, bidding for both sporting and financial stability, confirmed on Tuesday that when the Sharks and other Currie Cup participants are done with a minimum of 14 weeks of action in the local tournament, there will be a kick-off of the newly-created United Rugby Championship in September involving South Africa’s four sides from the now-defunct Super Rugby and a collection of 12 teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

This 16-team arrangement will be the second SA-Europe set-up for clubs/franchises after the Pro14 Rainbow Cup, whose final will be contested by the Bulls and Benetton Rugby in Treviso, Italy, on Saturday.

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