SA system is damaging tired and mentally fatigued players.
I have written screeds of posts on this topic and it is rearing its ugly head once again.
CENTRAL CONTRACTS are a must in order to maintain the freshness and fitness levels of our International players by not allowing them to be abused by the S15 and CC stake holders. Players’ bodies and mental fitness is brought under close scrutiny when it gets to this time of the year. The Boks look jaded and after a long long season, are due for some mental and physical R&R., but that is not to be, with provinces already requiring their services for the CC final stages. The only teams who could afford to rest their Boks would be Sharks and Lions with the latter probably opting to play them because of their lack of playing time in the green and gold.
I for one can see the need by WP to play all their Springboks this weekend in order to avoid the unthinkable of having to play a promotion relegation match, but I can also see the merit of resting deVilliers and Habanna and maybe even Bekker and Etsebeth. The SA system is flawed and needs to be revised which I think has been mentioned as one of Rassie Erasmus’ main functions. This must happen sooner rather than later.
“While Meyer wants to let the newcomers gain experience and the combinations to grow on the tour, he has no guarantee that those players will be available when the tour departure arrives.
It was understood until last week that the 30 players who served under Meyer during the home leg of the Championship would be ruled out of the remaining phase of the Currie Cup, but there appears to have been an about-turn, with the provinces being allowed to call up their Boks for the domestic competition.
It appears the provinces have enforced their right to field the players that they employ, and it is the fault of the South African system rather than the individual unions that it should be allowed to happen.”
CENTRAL CONTRACTS are a must!