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URC pushed to consider the final in South Africa

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Leinster are embarking on a two-week safari to South Africa to cement their lead in the United Rugby Championship and they may return for a final in June.

Organizers are considering staging the finals on South African soil to mark the broadly encouraging addition of four new franchises from that country to the competition.

“For the growth of South African teams in the URC and given that they’ve been without a spectator for so long, it will be great for their spectators and the competition to get them there,” said Premier Sports pundit Jim Hamilton.

“And dare I say it would be great to see Leinster under pressure on home soil against a South African side.”

Leinster left James Ryan at home for the dates against the Sharks and Stormers as they brought a largely second-tier squad with them.

Munster and Ulster, who meet in Belfast this Friday, are still battling for home games in the quarter-final and semi-final play-offs but former Munster star Jean De Villiers says his old side could struggle to settle in Secure home game easier path to a possible final on South African soil.

“It would add something different and I would love to see the Red Army come to South Africa and have a great experience,” says Supersport analyst De Villiers.

“This weekend and the final round robin game against Leinster are the two difficult games and if they come through those they can claim a top four position and a home game.

“But if they drop points it becomes difficult for them to get in the top four and to be really competitive in the playoffs you have to be really at home.

“That’s why it’s looking more and more difficult for them. But you never write them off, they have always been a powerhouse in this competition.”

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