Bok’s contract not enough for Rugby World Cup Selection: says De Villiers.
Springbok coach, Peter De Villiers, has cautioned his players that contract is not a guarantor of their inclusion in the final squad for the Rugby World Cup. De Villiers straightforwardly informed the players not to live in the paradise of fools after signing
the contract with Springbok, responding after SARU (South African Rugby Union) publicized 23 men who signed for 2011.
Among the 23 contractors, there are 16 players who were part of the South African rugby team during the William Webb Ellis competition in 2007. 5 more players have been included for this year’s contract. The coach announced today that the World Cup crew
would be announced on 23rd August and there might be few changes in the final selection.
The coach said, "The contracts are not a free pass to the World Cup”. De Villiers insisted. "I had to ensure that players do not leave the country for greener pastures in a World Cup year. It also ensures that the best players in the country play against
one another and that will assist us in our efforts to take the strongest squad to the World Cup”.
De Villiers added that he will select those players who he consider best for his side. There are a number of factors to select a player for the national team, he admitted on the occasion. He accelerated his conversation, saying, "So we will be very stupid
if we reduce our chances of winning by not selecting a strong core of leaders in the team ... but we will definitely look at a guy like Frans Steyn and ask the Lions to bring him back for the latter part of the Super Rugby programme to see if we can improve
his speed of the game”.
Francois Steyn is De Villiers’ hot favourite and wants to see him playing for the South African team in the coming Rugby World Cup this year in New Zealand. Steyn is currently playing for French club, Racing Metro, but he is in his national coach’s books.
The coach said that Steyn only lacks in speed that could be improved with minimum efforts.