With the Rugby World Cup just over a year from now, it is important that South Africa begin grooming and finalizing their squad for next years defense of the Webb Ellis Trophy they won in France three years ago. For some this might be early, but bear in mind that Jake White started his grooming process four years prior to the tournament.
Some have retired and some have grown into talisman, regular starters and players we can depend on. We should now start and groom the youngsters, the future, and ensure that we survive what ever the rugby world throws at us. Blaming referee’s and handling all kinds of scrutiny from the IRB won’t justify the cause and Sa Rugby now has to make the decision of where they want the Springbok as an entity to end up.
The Super 14 from a South African perspective has gone quite well for us. Two possible Semi Finalist and the strong possibility of a second South African final in three years looms. And although the Sharks is out, does not mean that our players that have shown quality be shunned into the darkness and forgotten. Sure the Stormers and Bulls have players worthy of being called up for National Duty but so do we and now we must play for pride and show the fans why they support us. I did a blog yesterday on Sport 24, claiming that now we are able to field two decent Bok teams, but the importance would be to mix and blend the young with the experienced. It is imperative that our guys, guys like John Smit, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Beast Mtawarira, Fourie Du Preez, Jacque Fourie, Schalk Burger and Juan Smit get a decent rest but also decent exposure from rugby during the next twelve months. The defense of the title heavily lies on the shoulders of these players. The balance must be spot on and if so, we should be able to defend the title to the best of our abilities.
Bring in some youngsters to show us what they can do against decent opposition on the International stage. Not everyone is cut out for this, so let us identify them now and start to groom them for the future.Tweet