This is my final column of the year and I would normally be writing it from Cape Town Stadium on the Sunday of the SA leg of the World Sevens Series, which would in a normal year have taken place this past weekend.            

What has become the traditional end of rugby season party in this country is a big money-spinner; not being able to host it this year would have cost SA Rugby millions. But that is just a small percentage of the overall cost to the sport wrought by the pandemic in a year where the biggest disappointment for the rugby public was that we never got to see the world champions in action...

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