Earl Rose feels he has what it takes to do the job if he has to play at flyhalf for the Springboks during the tour of Britain next month.
And the versatile Lions player does not think he is too small to wear No 10 in Test rugby.
“I’m no smaller than Daniel Carter, Matt Giteau or Jason Robinson,” Rose said here on Monday.
Hennie Brandt writes for Beeld that Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and the national selectors have included Rose in the team for the tour, which comprises Test matches against Wales, Scotland and England on consecutive Saturdays. Ruan Pienaar is the No 1 flyhalf.
The 24-year-old Rose made his mark earlier this season when Lions coach Eugene Eloff, finding himself in a spot of bother, selected the allrounder at flyhalf. With the exception of the team’s penultimate Currie Cup match, Rose performed well.
However, some critics feel Rose is not big and strong enough. He disagrees. “Remember, dynamite comes in small packages,” he says.
“I’m also working hard in the gym. I’m following a training programme to make me stronger and bigger and I work on improving my explosiveness.”
Dream come true
Rose believed all along that he would be chosen for the Springbok squad. He did not feel his poor performance against the Sharks had wrecked his chances of selection.
“All I have to do is to take my chances on the field 150 per cent better,” he said on Monday.
“I tried to force things against the Sharks that day instead of waiting for opportunities to come along. When I make an error, I have to work hard immediately to rectify it within the structures.”
Rose was in Cape Town with members of his family last weekend and they watched the announcement of the team on television.
“To be selected for the Springboks is a dream come true,” he said.
His career has made the full circle. He first showed his talent when he played for the SA schools team. He was then selected for the SA Under-19s and then for the Under-21s and also played sevens rugby for South Africa.
He also has Super 12 and Super 14 experience as a member of the Cats and the Lions.
He played at flyhalf and inside centre when he was a junior but established himself at fullback in the Lions’ Currie Cup team.Tweet