SARU: Boks won’t rest players for the 2011 tri-nations

2011-06-08 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The Springboks will not rest groups of players for this year’s Tri-Nations, SARU CEO Jurie Roux says.

But the World Champions may be forced to give certain players an enforced break in part of the competition to ensure they had not been overplayed.

Roux rejected the suggestion the Boks would not send their best team to the Tri-Nations, resting players ahead of this year’s massive Rugby World Cup.

The SARU CEO said it was against the tournament rules to weaken squads. But he added that SARU would be looking at player welfare as well.

“It has been decided from the beginning, we can’t rest a number of players — it is against the agreement of the Tri-Nations and against the rules of the competition,” Roux said.

“What we will be doing — what New Zealand and Australia are both doing as well — is to monitor the number of minutes that key players have been playing. We will look at this and determine then when a player needs a rest and if he can be given that rest.”

According to Roux, a lot will depend about how the key franchises do in the final rounds of this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby. Good results will obviously mean several Bok players will have been involved longer than others.

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