Western Province rugby coach Allister Coetzee won’t hesitate to include any stay-behind Springboks in his Currie Cup team to play the Blue Bulls here on Saturday.
Adnaan Mohamed writes in Die Burger that Coetzee said on Monday any WP players in the South African Tri-Nations squad who were not selected for the tour of Australasia would be chosen for the Newlands match.
The Springbok squad will be announced on Tuesday.
“Let me put is this way,” Coetzee said on Monday. “If you asked Nelson Mandela to become president of South Africa again, no one will hesitate to give him the job.”
Coetzee said after WP’s workout in Durbanville there would be three more sessions and a captain’s practice this week. Anyone who returned to the WP side from the Springbok squad would therefore have enough time to settle in.
Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga turned up at the WP practice but did not join in. He ran on his own, saying he was “only here to say hallo. I don’t know yet whether I’m going on tour with the Springboks,” he added.
WP centre Gcobani Bobo and promising tighthead prop Brian Mujati are among the members of the Tri-Nations squad who may stay at home when the Springboks leave on Thursday. Their return could be a major boost for the WP squad.
Talented flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie and inside centre Morgan Newman also trained with the Province squad on Monday after turning out for Chester Williams’s Emerging Springboks that won the Nations Cup in Romania last weekend.
Another WP flyhalf, Naas Olivier, also put in an unexpected appearance. He had been playing for a French club, Auch, but he is still contracted to WP until the end of October.
“I was not aware that Naas was returning,” Coetzee said. “I saw him for the first time at the captain’s practice last week.”
Coetzee had not been involved when WP signed Olivier, but he said, “It’s always good to have enough good players for a position such as flyhalf. Dollie and Willem de Waal could easily be injured. Naas is certainly welcome here.”
Coetzee was happy with De Waal’s performance against the Sharks last week and the former Cheetahs match-winner is likely to remain in the starting line-up for the match against the Bulls.Tweet