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.