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SA’s participation in the Guinness PRO14 has been under the radar since two local teams joined the northern hemisphere competition 12 months ago, and judging from the opening round of the 2018-2019 edition, that doesn’t look like changing soon. There is talk of the SA footprint in Europe being expanded from 2020 but the chances of there being strong local interest in the competition before then are being stunted by a number of factors, not the least being that the two participating teams, the Cheetahs and the Southern Kings, are a long way from being considered fashionable or a big drawcard. The Kings have sponsorship at last and the Cheetahs spoke about their second season being the one in which they would gain momentum after making a last-minute entry into the competition 12 months ago. But neither have made much headway regarding recruiting during the off season. The Kings may have a touch more experience than they had in 2017, but the team that was beaten 32-16 by Italian side Z...

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