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Bulls and Stormers have struck the right Bok balance

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Bulls and Stormers have struck the right Bok balance

Having current Springboks in your squad is one thing, but there will come a time when your depth of talent is tested

Mark Keohane

Just how many current Springboks make for a winning South African challenge in the United Rugby Championship? It isn’t quite the million dollar question but it is one every South African regional coach must be asking himself because of the lack of guarantees when it comes to availability of these players in the first half of the competition.

The Sharks are building a very powerful team with a Springbok feel about it, but they risk being behind the black ball for much of next season’s URC because of restrictions when it comes to those Boks on the end-of-year tour and those earmarked for the 2023 World Cup.

Leinster, in the north, and the Crusaders, in the south, have proven to be masters of building squad depth outside their regular Test players, and they have consistently been able to pick match-day squads that aren’t exclusively reliant on their Test players for success...

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