There have been a few shards of sunlight shining through what was starting to be a gloomy outlook for SA rugby as a return to play becomes imminent.

First came the news of a possible windfall for SA Rugby. CEO Jurie Roux told a meeting of rugby bosses last Friday that his organisation is at an advanced stage of negotiations with the CVC private equity company which has an interest in two of the top European club competitions, the Pro14 and the English Premiership.

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