Former Springbok scrumhalf and Saracens mainstay, Neil de Kock says Worcester No 9 Francois Hougaard is at the peak of his powers and should be starting for South Africa.
“I think Francois Hougaard is a world-class player, provided he gets an extended run in one position,” said De Kock. “I’d like to see him settle at No 9, because he’s in the prime of his career.”
Evaluating World Rugby’s move to reform the eligibility regulations, extending the residency period from three to five years, Tank Lanning said: “I’m massively in favour of what Augustin Pichot and Bill Beaumont have done with the change to World Rugby’s eligibility rules. I think you should play for the country of your birth, the fact that people are chopping and changing, I don’t like.”
On Craig Ray’s column suggesting SA Rugby extricates itself from competitions involving New Zealand, Tank said, “I’m not sure divorcing ourselves from the Kiwis is the way forward. If you want to run with the big dogs, you need to piss in the long grass. I think running away with it is not the way forward – let’s rather look to improve our coaching structures and try and catch up.”
“That means almost 90 percent of ball carries end in a collision of sorts,” said Zelím Nel, highlighting the need for South Africa to select players capable of controlling those contact situations. “That’s the crux of it. If 90 percent of carries end in contact, and you’ve got smaller guys who can only lose that engagement – because of sheer physics – then you have to consider that.”
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