SA's depth worries Mallett
Cape Town - With Super Rugby set to expand to 18 teams, former Springbok coach Nick Mallett says the lack of depth in South African rugby is worrisome.
Mallett was speaking in the SuperSport
studio on Saturday night following a dismal weekend for South African teams.
All four teams competing lost, with the
Bulls going down to the Blues in Auckland (23-18), the Sharks losing to the
Waratahs in Sydney (33-18), the Lions undone by the Brumbies in Johannesburg
(30-20) and the Cheetahs thumped by the Highlanders in Bloemfontein (45-24).
From next year, the Kings will join the
other South African franchises in an expanded tournament and
Mallett fears there is not enough players of quality currently plying their
trade in the country.
Mallett said: “The Lions have played above
themselves and have played incredibly well to be where they are. Given the way
the Cheetahs performed in this game, how on earth are the Kings going to
compete next year?
“Where are they going to find the players?
It's a big concern for 2016. We're going to have an extra Super Rugby franchise
and we've got 350 professional rugby players competing overseas.”