Heyneke Meyer’s policies hurting SA rugby??
January 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
We do live in a professional era and I am all for choosing overseas based players when needed.
But HM’s new policy of choosing players (who are available) from all over the world will have a very negative impact on SA rugby.
Now I am not talking about players like Strauss (josh and richardt), Nel or Barrit. Who all could play for the Boks (maybe) but decided to try and qualify for another nation. Nor am I talking about players like Botha, Fourie, Du Preez ect. who have done their bok stints and are cashing in at the end of their careers.
I am talking about current Bok’s who are now willing to play in England, France or Japan(less) because they know their chances of making the Bok squad are not lessened. Players like Kruger and Habana(next season). Add to this that a guy like Flo who has become a Bok regular are not really contemplating returning anytime soon. This is only the beginning and if HM continues with his policy then many more regular Boks may start to follow them. Rumors are already surrounding Andries Bekker. I mean who would not want to earn more money?
Now I am not saying we should go the Nz route of never selecting any overseas based players. But we should maybe adopt the P.Divvy rule that we first select our best players who is playing in RSA and if we have a crises then we start looking at overseas based players.
Because although it sounds nice having a real professional era where you can select the best players never mind where they are playing this does come at some costs.
For one the players are only released a week before the tests starts and can’t be part of any in between training or think camps. The coach also have influence on when the player should be rested. (not that this is the case in SA any way atm)
Then there is the lowering of the standard of the local game, with so many regular Boks not playing even SR anymore the experience levels in the SR squads will drop considerably.
We also have to remember that when players have lived in another country for a long period their culture change and integrating overseas based players with the local ones will become more and more difficult.
It is no coincidence that Spain is dominating world soccer cause most of their players play in Spain. As to Brazil and Argentina who also has brilliant players but struggle to bond as teams.
There must be some motivation for players to stay in SA and play the rugby locally. It always has been that if you leave SA you severely lower your chances of playing for the Boks. But if HM are going to stick to his selection policies as is then there really is no incentive for the players to stay in SA.
Come on SARU for once step-up while the problem is still in its infancy and stop it dead. Make a policy that you can only select overseas based players in an emergency. This will force players to stay and those that have already left to really consider moving back!!!!!