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Champions Cup: South Africa arrives in Europe, new breath or sacrilege?


ANALYSIS – The competition begins with a controversial novelty: the integration of South African franchises.

The pros and the anti agree on one point: no longer call this competition, born twenty-eight years ago, the European Cup.

Make way for the Champions Cup and its explosive novelty: the addition of three South African franchises (Durban Sharks, Cape Stormers and Pretoria Bulls).

A project in the cards for several years (and which could eventually lead to the integration of the Springboks into the Six Nations Tournament…).

On the French side, the eight Top 14 clubs involved this season are divided.

New breath or sacrilege?

A sporting added value…

The appointment is unprecedented and, inevitably attractive, for a player playing in France.

Confronting the three best teams of the nation crowned world champions in 2019 will not be easy.

High level opponents, different rugby, more compact and brutal.

Ideal for calibrating and progressing.

On the Top 14 side, the draw designated Clermont, Bordeaux and Lyon to compete in the first round.


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Source: lefigaro

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