CAPE TOWN: (By Joseph Blair)– The South African Rugby Union (CEO) is mulling to fix a quota on the number of overseas players allowed in the Springbok team.
This follows after Bok coach Heyneke Meyer picked 10 overseas players in his 30-man squad for the Boks’ home leg in the upcoming Rugby Championship.
The 10 players are: Zane Kirchner (fullback), Bryan Habana (wing), Morné Steyn (flyhalf), Ruan Pienaar, Fourie du Preez, Jano Vermaak (all scrumhalves), Francois Louw (flank) Juandré Kruger (lock), Chiliboy Ralepelle (hooker) and Gurthrö Steenkamp (prop).
In an interview , SARU CEO Jurie Roux said they could in future have a limit on the number of overseas Boks.
“Yes, it’s something we are considering. But within the context of a constantly changing industry that is fast developing into a global sport rather than just being a national sport in terms of opportunities offered,” said Roux.
“Players playing locally will always get first consideration, provided that the selectors have faith in their abilities.
“However, we are in a unique current situation with six players (Kirchner, Habana, Steyn, Vermaak, Kruger and Ralepelle), who were part of the Bok squad this past year, now deciding to go overseas. You can’t just replace so many players in the middle of the season.
“But these players know their chances of playing for South Africa in future cannot be guaranteed.”
Roux said it could offer an opportunity for new young players to make a name for themselves but nevertheless confirmed they will be attending to the matter.
“Naturally, it is concerning and we are working on a plan to ensure that our top players do not head abroad.”
The Boks start their Rugby Championship campaign against Argentina at FNB Stadium on Saturday, August 17.
The 30-man Springbok squad for the first two legs of the Rugby Championships:
Backs: Bjorn Basson, JJ Engelbrecht, Bryan Habana, Juan de Jongh, Zane Kirchner, Patrick Lambie, Ruan Pienaar, Fourie du Preez, Willie le Roux, Jan Serfontein, Morné Steyn, Jano Vermaak, Jean de Villiers (captain)
Forwards: Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Juandre Kruger, Francois Louw, Flip van der Merwe, Franco van der Merwe, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Adriaan Strauss, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Duane Vermeulen.
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