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Springboks threat increases

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OPINION: The threat of the Springboks just increased as South Africa's weak Super Rugby challenge evaporated.

Injuries and a shortage of preparation time are the biggest concerns in a World Cup year.

But Boks coach Rassie Erasmus just got a bonus with the Sharks and Bulls being eliminated from the Super Rugby playoffs at the quarter-final stage.

Talk about a sliver lining! The Springboks can now watch some of their major rivals bash each other up over the next few weeks ahead of the Rugby Championship opener between the Boks and Wallabies in Johannesburg on July 21, a weekend that sees the All Blacks take on Argentina in Buenos Aires.

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