The local franchises will be spending a nervous week building up to Thursday, the cut-off day of the 21-day escape clause to players that is unique in world rugby, as they wait to find out which players they may be losing — and SA Rugby should be equally stressed.

It appears Western Province/Stormers are confident that Pieter-Steph du Toit, the World Rugby Player of the Year, will remain in SA. There is equal confidence that the rest of their World Cup-winning Springboks will remain in the Cape.

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