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SA teams won't play in Rainbow Cup - report

11 Apr 2021, 20:10 GMT+10

South Africa's "Big Four" rugby franchises have been dumped out of this month's Rainbow Cup, according to a newspaper report, exerting a huge blow to SA Rugby.

The Bulls, Stormers, Sharks and Lions were meant to participate in a rejigged PRO14 tournament with 12 European sides from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Italy starting on 24 April.

But, as according to Sunday weekly newspaper , SA Rugby informed the four franchises last Friday their participation in the Rainbow Cup had been pulled.

Rainbow Cup stakeholders allegedly decided in a virtual meeting that South African teams could no longer participate because of "the forces outside rugby".

South Africa's axing would deal a huge financial blow to SA Rugby, who will lose out on potential television rights revenue as a result.

also wrote that SA Rugby is working towards hosting a domestic Franchise Cup after the failed entry into the Northern Hemisphere competition.

Source: News24

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