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On a superficial level the news that Morne Steyn is heading back to the Bulls warranted the negative reaction it received, but depending on how the Pretoria union perceives his role, it might prove a masterstroke. Yes, I fully agree that the news — read just minutes after sending last week’s column, which painted a rather depressing outlook for local provincial and franchise rugby going forward — does appear to highlight a huge problem for SA rugby. Handre Pollard, in his mid-20s and heading into the prime of his career, confirms his departure. In as a replacement for him comes a player who is in his mid-30s and who, based on how he played before he headed overseas, doesn’t appear to fit the path the Bulls started to follow under John Mitchell. But is Steyn a replacement for Pollard in the proper sense of the word? Hopefully it was just an accident that both moves hit the public domain on the same day. It would indeed be a retreat to the past if Steyn came back to play first-cho...

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