Mallett: Pick local Boks

2012-06-01 07:36
Nick Mallett (File)

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Cape Town - Former Springbok and Italy coach Nick Mallett says players plying their trade overseas should not be picked for the Boks.

He told Beeld those players aren't keen on the hard, physical game here in South Africa and are seeking and easy way out to make money.

He hinted at scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, who is a strong candidate to lead the Boks, when he spoke about the upcoming three-Test series against England.

"The guys that go play overseas, especially Japan, often see it as an easy pay-day and they know they won't suffer like they would had they played here in South Africa.

"The rugby there is much easier and calmer in comparison to the guys who play Super Rugby week in, week out.

"I feel really sorry for Heyneke (Meyer, Bok coach). To play against England a week after two derby matches (Bulls-Stormers, Lions-Sharks) is no joke," said Mallett.

The first Test against England starts in Durban next Saturday (June 9), followed by Tests in Johannesburg (June 16) and Port Elizabeth (June 23).

Meyer will name his final squad after the Bulls-Stormers game on Saturday evening.

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