Currie Cup final in early December

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Durban - South Africa’s rugby players could be back in training next Monday and playing matches by early August in an expanded Currie Cup that will culminate in a final somewhere around December 12.

Those are the “ball park” dates on the table as administrators continue discussions with government.

Sharks chief executive officer Eduard Coetzee yesterday said that while “nobody can be 100 percent sure of anything”, the government is doing its best to help rugby resume.

“The government is trying to find a way for us ... they have been really positive,” Coetzee said.

“If it comes together, we are looking at a very exciting, expanded Currie Cup-type competition which will be strength versus strength and have our Springboks in action.”

South Africa’s answer to the New Zealand Aotearoa competition and Super Rugby Australia will go further than the four Super Rugby teams by including the Kings and Cheetahs as well as Griquas and the Pumas.

“Our turn to play again will come,” Coetzee said after admitting frustration at watching the NZ teams go at each over the last three weeks.

“There is a bigger picture for us ... all the stake-holders are on the same page and we will get on the field, even if it means playing in a 'bio bubble' (with no fans).” - IOL

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