We’ll obviously all be glued to our TV’s on Saturday morning for the Super Rugby final, but something else is happening on that day too… and I’m not talking about the launch of Spud 4 either.
Bok coach Heyneke Meyer will announce his 30-man squad to compete in the inaugural Rugby Championship at some stage on Saturday afternoon and once the dust has settled on the big showdown in Hamilton, all eyes will again turn (very quickly) to the green and gold, with the first match against Argentina just a little over two weeks away. Rugby fans certainly aren’t being given much of a chance to catch their breath this season!
Looking back at the English series, I think it’s safe to say that most Bok fans probably understand why Meyer made the selections he did, given how little time the team had to prepare, but few would argue against a slightly more adventurous selection approach going forward, with form in Super Rugby the final arbiter, rather than familiarity with a pattern that there simply wasn’t enough time to change.
A number of players who were picked in that squad for the England series have, to my mind, failed to live up to their billing as Boks, either during those tests or in Super Rugby since and while one hesitates to stick the knife into any particular team or individual, it would, to my mind, be quite wrong if quite as many Bulls players were to make the cut this time around.
As Sharks fans, I think we have little room to complain about how many of our boys made the squad that earlier in the year and I certainly wouldn’t expect that level of representation to drop off when the Rugby Championship squad is named. How Meyer opts to fill the gaps in the squad, though, will be very interesting to see, with the feeling earlier in the year that he’d far too often pushed the “pick a Bull” default button, leading to some hard-to-justify selection calls.
How do you see it? Who would you include in a 30-man Bok squad, taking form over the last few months into account?Tweet