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Sunday 9th November 13:00 GMT


With Aviva Premiership outfit Saracens being bankrolled by a South African consortium, it is understandable that the connection between Sarries and the Republic is being pushed at every opportunity. But is Sunday's contest between Saracens and Western Province at Allianz Park really required at this time of the season, or should it at least be publicised correctly as a second team fixture at best.

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Saracens might have been runner-up in both the Premiership and Heineken Cup last season, and are second in the Premiership in the current campaign, having lost just one fixture, but they are already shorn of a huge raft of players, due to the Autumn internationals, and their fringe and academy players are in the middle of the LV= Anglo-Welsh Cup competition. Indeed they travel all the way to the Gnoll in Neath for an Anglo-Welsh match against the Ospreys on Friday night, just 36 hours before they are due to play the Western Province.

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Province will arrive as the reigning Currie Cup champions, having beaten the Golden Lions in the final 19-16 just a fortnight ago, but like Saracens, will be without the majority of those players who secured their domestic silverware, for the very same reasons as their English hosts.

Tags: Western Province, Currie Cup, Saracens
Posted: 9th November 2014

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