Cape Town - There is not enough depth in the country
for SA Rugby to prevent the new Springbok coach from picking overseas-based
players, CEO Jurie Roux believes.
Roux spoke to Netwerk24 after the announcement of Allister
Coetzee as the new Springbok coach earlier this week.
It was confirmed that for the 2016 season, the status quo
regarding the availability of overseas players for the national team would
remain as is.
“We have to build depth. If we decide today that overseas
Boks are taboo, then we’ll lose the services of six or seven top players,” said
“I’m not a selector, but there are several
overseas players who are now the best in their positions.
“There is merit in the criticism SARU is copping over
the policy, but we also want the team to win.”
Roux said the issue will again be reviewed at the end of the
According to Roux, there are several factors that need to be
considered when determining the availability of overseas players for the Springboks.
“One of them is that we don’t have same amount of depth as
the All Blacks,” he said.