Meyer’s transformation track record
The constant expectation of winning matches, his belief in the benefits of experience and his lack of confidence in the belief that black players can outperform their seasoned white counterparts has tended to make Heyneke Meyer a conservative selector since taking over the Springbok coaching role in 2012.
Apart from the established few, such as Bryan Habana and Tendai Mtawarira, none of the black players Meyer introduced was able to win a regular place in the test side.
Zane Kirchner, JP Pietersen, Bryan Habana, Tendai “The Beast” Mtawarira, Gio Aplon, Elton Jantjies, Lwazi Mvovo, Juan de Jongh.
Bryan Habana, Bjorn Basson, Tendai Mtawarira, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Trevor Nyakane, Siya Kolisi, Gürthro Steenkamp, Zane Kirchner, JP Pietersen.
Nizaam Carr, Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks, Zane Kirchner, Teboho Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Lwazi Mvovo, Trevor Nyakane, JP Pietersen, Gürthro Steenkamp.
Zane Kirchner, Lwazi Mvovo, Bryan Habana, Trevor Nyakane, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Siya Kolisi, Cornal Hendricks, Lionel Mapoe, JP Pietersen, Teboho Mohoje, Scarra Ntubeni, Rudy Paige.
The unkindest cut of all: Players unlucky to miss out on the World Cup
A notable feature of this rugby World Cup squad is that not a single Lions player, in spite of them having their best Super Rugby season yet, has been included.
A number of players were extremely unlucky not to make the group; especially the likes of Heinrich Brüssow, Cobus Reinach, Teboho Mohoje, Marcell Coetzee, Lionel Mapoe and Warren Whiteley, who were all part of the test training group. Others who were unlucky to miss out were Jaco Kriel, Vincent Koch, Faf de Klerk, Elton Jantjies and Frans Steyn.