Boks have got it all wrong – Muir

In assessing South Africa’s performance after a historic loss against Ireland, former Springbok Dick Muir has questioned team selections, tactics and leadership.

“Selections must be looked at, I don’t think the best Springbok backline is being chosen,” Muir told Netwerk24. “It is about manipulating opponents to see where you can get holes in the defence. Jan Serfontein is an example of a creative player.”

Serfontein is not available for selection on this November tour as he has joined up with Top 14 club Montpellier. Muir believes that Serfontein is one of several overseas-based players who should be drafted into the Bok squad.

“It’s all good and well to be loyal to your players and give them opportunities, but if they do not perform then you just have to make changes,” he said.

“There are many players outside the group that will improve the side. If we pay more attention to the overseas players who qualify to represent the Springboks, it will make a difference.”

The senior players are not making enough of a difference, according to Muir. “I’m not sure who the leaders are in the team, but when things are not going well the situation must be stabilise and that is clearly not happening.

“There also seems to be confusion – the players don’t seem to know whether they want to play wide or attack the advantage line and the loose forwards are run off their feet as a result.”

It was during Muir’s fleeting term as director of rugby that the 2010 Lions set Super Rugby records with an 0-13 season that included 585 points conceded and 72 tries allowed.

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

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  • Sharky

    Nice footnote there author – you are obvious not a Dick Muir fan!

    • Spartan

      Hahahahahahahahahahaha. That was a solid jab.

  • Spartan

    It’s a poor article though. I want to know who Muir would pick.

  • humblepie

    I share the view that the Boks looked confused on the park with no clear game plan other than an instruction to kick. They tended to play programmed rugby and waited for orders from AC that is normally communicated via water boy Van Graan. This never happened. No plan B, no ability to adapt. The back line was stationary and all remaining ball that was not yet kicked away, was wasted by the 2 centers.
    I do not know how AC wants to play and neither does his players. Is he ashamed to communicate his playing style preferences?
    Anyhow, he must go for the sake of all South Africans. The sooner the better. We can do much better and deserve to get a break. My heart goes out to those poor players that must make the best of this confused concoction.

  • Riaan J

    Who is the leaders on the field? Eben has failed as a captain, who will inspire team mates to give their all, not accept mediocrity and lead by example.
    I agree that the coach is a problem, but Eben is no Francois Pienaar….

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