The team has been announced, there have been a few shockers, but I think we can all agree that we have a good team , right?
Well no, everyone is now harping on about how negatively the guys not playing in South African influences Springbok rugby, but what are the effects?
Here are a few positive points:When one of our players go play abroad they deny that country the option to develop talent in that position.We give our players exposure to a different rugby and coaching styles, some inside info for when they rejoin the Boks.We open a gap for local players to play at CC and Super Rugby level, leading to more first class rugby players.
What do we lose? Well, our Super Rugby teams will take the biggest hit, but not big enough to make them uncompetitive at all. In fact, after a while they will be stronger as the younger guys get more opportunity to play instead of some of the older players holding a position.
All that being said, SARU is at fault for not looking after our players. I agree there is pride and responsibilty to your province and country, but when you have a 10 year shelf life (if you are lucky) you need to take every opportunity you get. Pride doesn't pay your house, medical bills or anything else after 10 hard years of rugby...
For those saying look at ARU or NZRU, well both those countries pay their players better, rest them and support them, not happening in South Africa.
Lastly, don't think HM is picking 10 overseas players, he is picking (arguably) the best 32 men, some just happen to be play abroad instead of home.
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