There is no doubt the Currie Cup has lost its shine over the past few years but veteran Blue Bulls flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff is adamant the competition still has an important role to play in the development of rugby in SA. The Currie Cup has experienced a significant drop in attendance as the competition has been deprived of star players‚ many of whom elect to play overseas when they conclude their Super Rugby and Springbok commitments rather than stick around. "For me‚ Currie Cup is close to my heart‚" Boshoff said at Loftus as his side prepared for the season opener against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday. "It is a valuable competition in SA because it gives youngsters opportunities to prove themselves. "Back in the day you had big-name players in the competition, but with all the youngsters it is going to be an exciting tournament. People say that this tournament has died but I don’t think so because it remains the premier competition of SA rugby. "This is where a lot of the...

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