Doubts over Springbok Rugby Championship participation.
The rugby national team’s participation in this year’s Rugby Championship has been thrown into turmoil as a resumption of local competition continues to stall.
New Springboks coach, Jacques Nienabar has expressed his worry in taking an unprepared springbok outfit to one of the most draining tasks in their calendar.
“The prospect of having to spend several weeks in New Zealand’s own backyard playing the All Blacks and Wallabies is a daunting one indeed, and I am mindful of sending players into such a scenario if they are not sufficiently conditioned “, He said while speaking to Rapport.
Nienabar, a former assistant of Rassie Erasmus put forward the plans and expected preparations for his team if they are to partake in the tournament scheduled for November.
“If we can’t play six games, then I don’t think we will go. The player’s well-being risk would just be too great.”
“The technical team is also playing around with the idea of having a bigger squad of 45 players in order to avoid any problems with mandatory quarantine periods if replacement players need to be called upon, should the tournament go ahead”.
‘The Mechanic’ feels the Currie Cup competition would need to begin at least by the end of August in order for the Springbok players to have an adequate amount of preparation for the intense cauldron-like atmosphere of a Rugby Championship staged entirely in New Zealand.