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South African Super Rugby Side Stormers Criticize Competition Format

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 25 / 16

South African Super Rugby side Stormers coach Robbie Fleck and captain Schalk Burger "joined a growing chorus of criticism of the cumbersome Super Rugby format after the undercooked South African team were dumped out of the competition at the weekend by New Zealand's Chiefs," according to Mark Glees...

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