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Leinster still team to beat as South Africans beef up action

United Rugby Championship hoping for a more competitive league than ever

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Leinster head coach Leo Cullen. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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Leinster head coach Leo Cullen. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Another new dawn beckons for rugby in these parts with clubs, supporters and sponsors alike all hoping that tournament organisers have come up with the right formula.

The United Rugby Championship (URC) begins this coming Friday, as South Africa’s four major franchises, the Lions, Bulls, Sharks and Stormers, join the northern hemisphere party in a 16-team competition.


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