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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