Meyer’s trans­for­ma­tion track record

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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.

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