Meyer ponders Bok captaincy
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.”