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Cutting ties: no Super Rugby for SA teams in the foreseeable future

Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos says Super Rugby is looking to ‘reboot’ itself after SA rugby’s departure

George Byron

Any prospects of seeing SA’s top rugby sides competing in Super Rugby again are slim to zero, Rugby Australia CEO Andy Marinos says.

His comments were made after SA Rugby announced their top teams were getting ready to play in the PRO16 Rainbow Cup later in 2021. In an effort to get the Bulls, Lions, Stormers and Sharks match fit for the European tournament, SA’s eight franchise teams are playing a Preparation Series of matches. The series kicks off on Friday, when the Lions host the Pumas in Johannesburg.

In the Rainbow Cup, the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers will join 12 clubs from Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy in the competition. Each SA team will make a three-match tour to Europe in the Rainbow Cup, while all 12 Guinness PRO14 clubs will play in SA. The Rainbow Cup will kick off on April 17, and conclude with a final on June 19...

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