Following on from a previous article I wrote about the selections for the Springbok squad to play the Barbarians on 5th November 2016 at Wembley. Three players definetly won’t see any game time. Thomas du Toit, Uzair Cassiem and Cheslin Kolbe are only in the touring squad for the Barbarians game but have not been included in the matchday squad. Added to this Tian Schoeman and Lizo Gqoboka are on the bench for the match on Saturday and then they will be returning to South Africa because they are only in the Barbarians squad. Schoeman and Gqoboka are likely to only get 20 minutes of gametime if they are lucky. Schoeman is flyhalf which means replacing Patrick Lambie the captain on the day.
In another article I wrote about optimising your operation focussing on doing things economically. Three players on this tour are not going to get any gametime, yet SARU has flown them over to London and they are not flying economy either. How much is a business class return flight to London? SARU must pay for them to stay in a hotel for a week, hotels in London are expensive even if you are earning pounds. Feed these players. Pay them wages. For what? So these three players can shadow the run on team or hold tackle bags.
How much do these players get out of being on tour with the Boks? The coach will tell you it is for the long term to get these players to understand the systems. RUBBISH!!!!!! I have watched the history of the Springboks unfold before my eyes over the last 30 years and every tour has guys like these that go along for the tour but never make it into the team. This gravy train has been running so long that no-one knows any different.
I believe it is a waste of time and money taking players along which you have no intention of playing I also believe this to be a method of breaking a players spirit.The player comes home from that tour feeling that he is not good enough. The All Blacks select a squad and say to each player you have been selected to do a job meaning at the drop of a hat if we put you in the team right now then you are good to go. They don’t spend years messing with a young man’s confidence to see if he eventually can fit in.
Clearly the planning and thinking about this tour has not been up to professional standards. The Springboks and the Wallabies got booked into the same hotel. If you are on a schoolboy rugby tour this can be loads of fun. Two rugby teams in the same hotel it could be carnage. This is not some schoolboy rugby tour though it is the teams that represent two very proud nations. They now have to work around each other to use gym equipment and having field sessions. Who planned this? That is not professional!
Any systems that these players learn on this tour I hope are soon forgotten because I think that AC and his systems aren’t any good.