Meyer ponders Bok captaincy

2012-04-25 22:22
Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer believes it's the right decision to leave the announcement of his captain close to the first Test against England in Durban on June 9.

Meyer was speaking at a the second four-day Springbok planning camp on Wednesday, where players from the Bulls and Sharks assembled this week as part of preparations before the three-Test series.

“Obviously I am looking at the captains of the five franchises and a few senior guys, but there are a injuries,” he said.

“I am actually quite happy that I didn’t announce the captain (earlier) because I probably would have been in trouble."

“I think it is probably the right thing to wait until the first Test match.”

Meyer said the crop of captains at the franchises had all the right attributes which could see one of them getting the Bok captaincy.

“I think it just broadens my spectrum even if you only have one captain,” Meyer said.

“I believe going further there will be so many injuries you need at least five good leaders and at least three guys that could be captain.”

Meyer said the problem he also wrestled with was that many of the franchise captains were loose forwards and his captain would not necessarily only be picked by virtue of his leadership skills.

“The problem is that a lot of those guys are loose forwards and the competition among the loose forwards is very high, and at hooker I think we probably have the four best hookers in the world,” he said.

“So it is very difficult to pick a guy on captaincy alone, I need to look at experience and everything.

“I think there are more options but with all the injuries it’s going to be a tough choice to pick the captain.”

Read more on:    springboks  |  heyneke meyer  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina, Nelspruit 17:00
27 August 2016
Argentina v South Africa, TBA 00:00
10 September 2016
Australia v South Africa, Brisbane 00:00
17 September 2016
New Zealand v South Africa, Addington, Christchurch 00:00
01 October 2016
South Africa v Australia, Pretoria 17:00
08 October 2016
South Africa v New Zealand, Durban 17:00
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Irrespective of the result of the Springboks' bronze medal match against Argentina, should coach Heyneke Meyer be offered a contract extension?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


30 of the world's greatest golfers will be heading to the Gary Player Country Club for this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge - now in its 35th year. For all the latest news, player profiles, hole-by-hole descriptions and past winners, be sure to check out Sport24's dedicated section.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.