Springboks

Mallett: Rand hampers SA rugby

2017-01-26 11:46
Nick Mallett (Gallo Images)

London - Former national coach Nick Mallett believes the Springboks' international struggles are being fuelled by the relative weakness of the country's currency, the rand.

Many stalwart players now feature in international rugby union leagues, especially in the cash-rich French Top 14 where mind-boggling sums are dangled in front of some of South Africa's best and brightest.

"The real worry is they are attracted by the euro, pound and yen," Mallett, the Springbok coach between 1997 and 2000, told AFP.

"After all it is the future for these guys and if they haven't got a Springbok contract, they'd rather play for Toulon or Montpellier and earn five times more than in South Africa.

"The rand really struggled over the past two years. I was told by Jaque Fourie (72-capped Springbok centre) he was being paid the equivalent of R11m for playing 12 games a year in Japan.

"Who wouldn't do that? It doesn't matter if it's the old guys like your Richie McCaws and Dan Carters who are going.

"However, you don't want your young players like CJ Stander (now playing for Ireland) or Jacques du Plessis (23-year-old playing for Top 14 side Montpellier) going. That's a real worry."

Read more on:    springboks  |  nick mallett  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Following their opening Rugby Championship win over Argentina, where will the Springboks finish in this year's tournament?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

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.