New Springboks Policy Could Have A Big Effect On Munster
Rassie you rascal.
Former Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus could return to Munster once again to do a bit of poaching – but this time he’d only be looking to borrow.
The new Springboks coach managed to lure Munster’s former head of performance Aled Walters to South Africa earlier in the season, and reportedly tried to lure Felix Jones to his new set-up too.
This is on top of already bringing Jacques Nienaber with him. But now with SA Rugby scrapping their overseas selection policy – Erasmus may look to call a few of their players up for international duty.
Chris Cloete was on the cusp of international selection before he made the move to Ireland, having represented South Africa A in a 48-28 win over the French Barbarians. He could very well come into Erasmus’ selection plans give his incredible form before he got injured. Although Cloete would be eligible for Ireland by 2020 as that game wasn’t officially recognised by World Rugby, so he would have a big decision to make.
Jaco Taute has three caps for the Springboks and is still only 27. The centre played some of his best rugby under Erasmus, but unfortunately missed most of this season with a serious knee injury. There’s a huge chance Rassie could look to bring him back into the Springboks set-up.
Jean Kleyn has been Munster’s enforcer in the second-row since Erasmus brought him in back in 2016. He’s another man that will be eligible for Ireland – just before next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. And while he’s previously admitted he would be interested in playing for Ireland – that was before South Africa changed their policy. Could he be tempted by a Springboks call-up?
Ulster could also be affected by the new policy too with Marcell Coetzee finally eyeing a return to action. The flanker has played just five times for the northern province since signing two seasons ago, but is in line to return for pre-season. If he can get back to his best he will no doubt be on Rassie’s radar for the Rugby World Cup. Under the old policy he would have been eligible, having only racked up 28 caps. But he is once again available for selection.