Peter de Villiers and National selectors Ian Macintosh and Peter Jooste have again provided local rugby supporters with debate material, after selecting their 37-man Springbok squad for the end of year tour.
Disagreeing with the selection panel is nothing new, but the inclusion of numerous players who most would have thought, do not even feature on the bok radar, is evidence of how Div, and the rest of the country’s provincial coaches, just do not seem to be speaking the same language.
In this era of kob dominance, as short-lived as these things usually are, it’s slightly disturbing that the cohesion between the national and provincial selectors is just not there.
That snor has picked Bulls second-stringers, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Bandise Maku, Heinie Adams, regular benchwarmer Jongi Nokwe, as well as Ruan Pienaar at flyhalf for the midweek match against the Leicester Tigers, is indicative of how lax communication is between the parties involved .
I have had the privilege of speaking to the coach of an Australian Super14 team who has indicated a more than keen interest in signing two of the above-mentioned Bulls non-regulars. What does this mean? Are the mighty Bulls hoarding players? Would they be better off elsewhere, playing ,as opposed to racking up mileage at the gym? Are we stifling true development of certain players? Disagree if you must, but for me, the answer to all these questions, is yes.
I should add however, that the persistence in hoping Earl Rose will come good, is one that I’ve heard even the most loyal supporters beginning to question.
That being said, it’s probably high time that SA Rugby be granted the clout to at least ensure that the top 50, or even 100 players are constantly on the pitch, be it at a big union like the Bulls, one of the smaller unions, or even overseas. The reality of the modern game, is that it’s no longer country above union.
The tune is one that we all know and love, but we continue to belt it out from different hymnbooks…
Top 3 Local Events for the weekend:
1) The domestic cricket landscape has changed, with limited-overs cricket now reduced to a 40overs per side format. Try it out for size, and see if it works for you…particularly fans of the shorter format of the game.
The bizHub Highveld Lions host the Nashua Titans in a MTN40 match at the Wanderers on Friday the 6th at quarter past 4.
2) Spinnathon 2009 for the fitness bunnies!
When: Saturday, 07 November 2009?
Where: Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton?
Get fit while making a difference!??
The 2009 Spinnathon takes place at Nelson Mandela Square on Saturday, 7th November 2009. All proceeds will go to the Hospice Association of the Witwatersrand.??
There are 200 spinning bikes per session, with professional spinning instructors leading each session. Various celebrities will be joining the spinners on the day. Lucky draws will take place and fun prices will be awarded for various categories. Each spinning session will run for 50 minutes, with a 10 minute break in-between, to facilitate changeover of bikes.??
The Hospice Spinnathon runs from 08h00 to 14h00, at Nelson Mandela Square. Participants may spin for one hour or more at R120 per hour. Group bookings are available for groups of 20 or more. Please contact Alicia Lerm on +27 (0)11 483-9170 to arrange group booking.
3) Well, the third is strictly speaking not an event, but one for those who enjoy the outdoors.
Ever thought of a hike, but frustrated being stuck in the city? Check out the Melville Koppies, with the family for a short weekend hike.
The Koppies cover an area of 170 hectares of which the central nature reserve is 67 hectares.
Melville Koppies is truly worthwhile visiting. It is open to the public on the first and third Sundays in the afternoon (14h00 – 17h00 in winter; 15h00 – 18h00 in summer) and the second Sunday in the morning (09h00 – 12h00), so take time to discover what’s on our doorsteps – you won’t be sorry.
As a matter of interest the continental divide lies just to the south of the Koppies and rain falling to the south of the Brixton Tower flows into the Atlantic ocean whilst rain falling to the north flows into the Indian Ocean.