Sat, 08 May 2021

If it only resumes next year (an increasing likelihood) the

When the Bulls were in their 2007-10 heyday, for example, they might find their Bok-laden side playing the Crusaders (just as crammed with top-bracket All Blacks) toward the end of ordinary season, then again in a key knockout match.

Just a few weeks beyond that, many of the same customers would be fronting the respective international causes over two legs between the Test arch-rivals.

If the cream of SA domestic franchises shifted emphasis to the other side of the equator, there would instantly be deeper curiosity every year over how our finest players weigh up against New Zealand counterparts - minus the intelligence that would more customarily be gleaned during the long Super Rugby slog.

Also to consider: it has always been less than ideal (at least that's how I feel) that the Jaguares of Super Rugby simply reappear soon afterwards, in at least 95 percent of playing-personnel cases, as the Pumas in the Championship.

On that note, nobody has said much yet about the fate of the Argentinean franchise if the SA sides do abandon Super Rugby and the Australasian heavyweight countries cosy up more profoundly together.

Perhaps a subject for another day?

*Rob Houwing is Sport24's chief writer. Follow him: @RobHouwing

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