Springboks Make HUGE Change To Their Overseas Selection Policy
Rassie Erasmus is already making his mark in South Africa after returning home at the beginning of the year following an 18-month spell in charge of Munster.
Within a matter of months he took full charge of the Springboks after the sacking of Allister Coetzee, and now he’s gone and scrapped SA Rugby’s overseas selection policy.
Previously the Springboks were only allowed call up players who had 30 or more Test caps, but now there is no longer a limit meaning Erasmus and pick and choose as he pleases.
That rule was set to be lifted in 2019 – a World Cup year – but SA Rugby president Mark Alexander confirmed on Thursday that it had been ditched already.
“Rassie is in his last year of preparation before the World Cup, so he can select any overseas-based player,” said Alexander.
“He has just 18 Tests in which to prepare for the World Cup, so we gave him grace.
“Rassie has already spoken to a few players who are playing overseas. From now until the World Cup, he wants to give as many players as possible the chance to show what they can do for the Boks.”
Financially it’s impossible for South African clubs to compete with the cash-rich teams of Europe, so it’s a fantastic move. Erasmus can now pick the likes Sale’s Faf de Klerk, who only has 11 caps for his country. He’s also expected to select other overseas players such as the in-form Wasps fullback Willie Le Roux.