Cheslin Kolbe, Uzair Cassiem and Tian Schoeman return to South Africa after the Springbok vs the Barbarians game on the 5th November 2016 without having played even one minute of rugby in a Springbok top. Thomas du Toit is on his way to Munster for a short stint after he too was involved in the Springbok squad without getting any gametime.
For years I have questioned this recurring trait in Springbok selection where players are taken along for the trip but right from the outset you know they won’t be used. What is the purpose of their inclusion? They are not trying to build these players up to be test players. I hardly expect them to be in the Springbok team in 6 months from now. What is the planning? What is the reason for including them? Surely being part of a squad and being the only 4 not to get game time must feel like rejection.
Lizo Gqoboka got 11 minutes on the pitch and he too now heads home. RG Snyman at least got 51 minutes and Nizaam Carr got the full 80 minutes before they too return to South Africa. Take all these players that are now leaving the Springbok set-up and compare it to the amount of game time accumulated and it makes no sense.
If each player represents 80 minutes of rugby then 7 players (representing the 7 players leaving the Bok squad) represents 560 minutes of rugby but only 142 minutes got played by these 7. It just seems to me that SARU throws money at the Springboks without a plan being in place.