TIME FOR CHANGE AND OVERSEAS BASED PLAYERS
After Saturdays performance by the Springboks in the rain, a couple of questions has once again been raised.
1. IS IT TIME TO LOOK AT OUR OVERSEAS BASED PLAYERS?
All the players and coach Heyneke Meyer commented that they have never played in conditions like these. That is except Flo Louw. He is based in England, hosts of next year’s World Cup. Why not look at players like Schalk Brits, Robbie Diack, Joshua Strauss and Rory Cockett. They are used to these conditions and can only add value.
2. WHAT ABOUT THE YOUNGSTERS IN THE CURRIE CUP?
Here is a list of players that has not only shined in the Currie Cup but also in Super Rugby this year. Take them and add the guys above and you have a pretty damn good squad. One that can challenge the currwnt squad and play as a Springbok A side. Something we haven’t had for years.
Andries Coetzee, Lionel Mapoe, JW Jonker, Paul Jordaan, Raymond Rhule, Dimitri Catrakilis, Cobus Reinach, Nizaam Carr, Jaco Kriel, Franco Mostert, Willie Britz, Ruan Dreyer, Kyle Cooper and Thomas du Toit. To name but a few.
Yes many of them don’t have international experience, but there are those that do have.
3. WHY DON’T WE MOVE TO ONE SEASON INTERNATIONALLY?
This is a question that has been going around for the last couple of seasons. If all countries play during the same period with international windows for the 6 Nations, Rugby Championship an the like with tours in the beginning and end of season it will sort out many problems. One being the club versus country one.
I know we don’t like the fact that some players go overseas, but that is reality. This way players can play where they elect to play and still be availible for their countries.
The reality is that money is ruling rugby as it is so many sports. Players need to look after themselves and long gone are the days of players staying their country of birth. They know that if they are good enough and has not played for that county they can still run out for their adopted country.
But then these are my views. What is yours?