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Green versus gold: Mining talent in South Africa

This weekend, 50 South Africans will compete at Newlands to catch the eye or stay in good graces of Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber. The format for these ‘national trials’ is abnormal, which means in 2020: normal.

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The French rugby revival

Fourth in the Six Nations Championship with a rather mediocre finish for 2019, any Les Bleus fan hoping that France could reproduce their results of 2010, when they won the grand slam, or of 2011, when they went all the way to the finals, would be disappointed.

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Aussie abroad: Hugh Pyle

Good Aussie locks are always in high demand overseas. At least a half-dozen Wallabies second-rowers are currently doing their business for clubs based abroad. Another one who could have or perhaps should have been a Wallaby, Hugh Pyle, also plies his trade in a faraway land.