BOKS CHANGE SE­LEC­TION POL­ICY... AGAIN

SOUTH AFRICA HAVE BACK-TRACKED ON THEIR PLAN TO ONLY AL­LOW THE SPRING­BOKS LIM­ITED AC­CESS TO OVER­SEAS PLAY­ERS AND IN­STEAD OPENED THE DOOR TO ANY­ONE EL­I­GI­BLE RE­GARD­LESS OF WHERE THEY ARE BASED.

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Ini­tially when Rassie Eras­mus took over as Spring­boks coach in early 2018 he was told he would only be able to pick over­seas play­ers with 30 test caps or more. If he wanted some­one with less, he’d have to present a spe­cial case that would be re­viewed.

That plan has been scrapped, though, and now he will have ac­cess to any player even if they have never played test rugby.

“Rassie has got a year to pre­pare the team, and in this, the last year [be­fore the World Cup] he’s al­lowed to pick play­ers lo­cally and abroad,” SA Rugby pres­i­dent Mark Alexan­der said.

“He’s been speak­ing to some play­ers [over­seas] and we’ve given him lee­way to do that.

“He only has 18 tests be­tween now and the World Cup and he wants to give every­one an op­por­tu­nity to be seen to make the Spring­boks team.

“There’s no limit on the num­ber of play­ers he can pick [from over­seas]. There’s an agree­ment for him to per­form and we don’t want to limit him in that re­gard. He has ac­cess to the [over­seas] play­ers and can utilise them when and how he re­quires.”

Eras­mus will no doubt have his own thoughts but the list of pre­vi­ously capped Spring­boks play­ing over­seas in ex­ten­sive. It in­cludes Frans Steyn, Juan de Jongh, Vin­cent Koch, Duane Ver­meulen, Bis­marck du Plessis, Faf de Klerk, Cobus Reinach, Jan Ser­fontein, Wil­lie le Roux, JP Pi­etersen, Pat Lam­bie and Ruan Ack­er­mann.

RAC­ING AHEAD Pat Lam­bie has been show­ing all of his skills at Rac­ing 92 this year and could be in line for a Boks re­call.

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