Tank Lanning

Hoskins' plan has merit

2013-11-14 09:39
Sport24 columnist Tank Lanning (File)
As always, interesting times in South African rugby.  The three SANZAR countries meet in London next week to discuss the future of Super Rugby, super-ref Jonathan Kaplan to blow his last ever Test on Saturday, and coach Heyneke Meyer to name a Bok side to play Scotland consisting of Bakkies Botha and a few fringe players later today...

This proposal heeds the concerns of players, who feel that they have to play too many high-intensity matches in a season, goes back to every team playing against each other, another thing the players (and spectators) want, and takes away that dastardly contrived log which currently ensures that a team from each country makes the overly complex finals series.

And in closing … I find it terribly sad, and a tad bloody scandalous to be honest, that the world's most capped Test referee, Jonathan Kaplan, will be handling his 70th - and likely last - Test in Windhoek between Namibia and Kenya this weekend. What a truly crappy way for the IRB to say “Thank you” to a great South African who has served the game so well. Conversely, well done to SARU for giving him the local send-off he deserved in the Currie Cup final.

Tank is a former Western Province tighthead prop and editor of the recently launched free monthly digital rugby magazine called SCRUM

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