Rugby News:- SA Rugby ditch overseas-based player policy

The pool of players available to new Springbok coach, Rassie Erasmus has just increased drastically, as SA Rugby have made a change to its selection policy, regarding overseas-based players.

Previously, only players possessing over 30 international caps were eligible for Springbok selection – a rule which incidentally was only in place during former coach, Allister Coetzee’s tumultuous tenure in charge.

Now Sport24 reports that the policy has been scraped, giving Erasmus free reign to select which ever player he so pleases. This was confirmed on Thursday by SA Rugby president, Mark Alexander.

“Rassie is in his last year of preparation before the World Cup, so he can select any overseas-based player,” he said.

“He has just 18 Tests in which to prepare for the World Cup, so we gave him grace.

“Rassie has already spoken to a few players who are playing overseas. From now until the World Cup, he wants to give as many players as possible the chance to show what they can do for the Boks.”

The lure of the Pound, the Euro and the Yen has seen a number of South African players migrating to the northern hemisphere in recent years, with a decent contingent of Boks plying their trade in Europe and Japan.


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One such player is former Lions scrumhalf, Faf de Klerk, whom Erasmus is reported to be eyeing with keen interest as he hopes to solve the uncertainty at number nine in the Bok set up.

The explosive 26-year earned 11 caps for the Boks in 2016, before jetting off to England, where he plies his trade for Sale Sharks.

Other players, Erasmus is said to be interested in are former Sharks flyhalf, Patrick Lambie, his ex-teammate Bismarck du Plessis as well as Saracens prop, Vincent Koch.

The Springboks kick off the 2018 season with a once-off Test against Wales in Washington DC, before a three-match home series against England, which is followed by a tussle with the southern hemisphere’s best in the Rugby Championship.

South Africa and Wales will play in a one-off Test match in Washington on 2 June 2018, it was announced on Monday.


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