Springbok Earl Rose didn’t want to comment on his withdrawal from the Golden Lions squad by coach Peter de Villiers.
JJ Harmse reports for Sport 24 that the Johannesburg-based Lions had initially named Rose on the bench, with Louis Ludik down to start in the No 15 jersey and veteran Andre Pretorius at flyhalf.
De Villiers requested that Rose be given the opportunity to start but the Golden Lions management stuck with their original plans.
Although Rose didn’t want to talk about the incident at length, he did say that it had been a management decision and he went along with it. “It is his decision and I had no choice in the matter,” said the versatile 25-year-old utility back.
Rose stated that he would not get frustrated about a lack of opportunities to play. “You have to stay positive and use your opportunities when they are there. I don’t know whether I will play flyhalf, fullback or even wing for the Springboks, but I can hardly wait.”
With De Villiers keeping mum on his choice for flyhalf and fullback, it still remains very unclear where Rose and several other Boks will play.
Rose admitted that De Villiers’s support and confidence in him as a player, really helps. “It gives me self-confidence to know there is someone who supports me. With self-confidence, you can move mountains.”
Rose has never had an opportunity to play since he was first picked for the team by the Springbok coach about eight months ago.
His first opportunity to play against the visitors, will now be on 23 June, when the Emerging Springboks meet the British and Irish Lions in Cape Town. Rose will wear the No 10 jersey.
South Africa’s backline coach, Dick Muir has taken charge of the Emerging Boks.Tweet