In the Hot Seat - General questions to SARU
July 11, 2013
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Your Question: Does anyone know how many South African born rugby players are currently playing rugby in Europe, Japan, etc. The reason for the question is that we only hear of the big names when they move, but it will be interresting to see what class of team can be put together with all of them playing elsewhere. From Jacques du Toit

SARU answers: Jacques, very good question. Players play at various levels all over Europe and Japan and more and more players are now moving into Australian and Japanese clubs. With players coming and going all the time, it is difficult to give you an exact number, but in November 2012 close to 250 players were playing in various first and second divisions teams abroad.

Your Question: Why do the provincial coaches keep on playing guys who are prone to anger outbursts & slapping / head butting opponents such as Eben Etzebeth? They continue doing this whn they get chosen for the Bokke. Ban them for 6 months and they will learn to be professional & manage / control their temper outbursts no matter how much the opponents antagonise and taunt them. We should not tolerate dirty play. From Joy Kriel

SARU answers: Joy, rugby is a contact and collission sport, so there will always be situations where players have their feathers ruffled. The Springboks have a proud disciplinary record under Heyneke Meyer and players know very well that acts of foul play will be harshly dealt with.

Your Question: Hi, Pat Lambie is not 2nd or 3rd best flyhalf, or kicker in South African rugby, why keep on with him. I am more than aware that there are plenty of other players that make Pat look like a 2nd grade player. most have the same question about the inclusion of Lambie, how is it that everyone can see it but not the selectors and management of the Springboks? Love rugby. From Tinus van Vuuren

SARU answers: Tinus, thanks for the input. There will no doubt be many rugby fans that do not agree with your sentiments, while others might agree. All we can confirm is that the Springbok coach and his selectors do put in many hours debating team selections and will always pick a team they feel will have the best chance to win a test match given the particular opponent.

Your Question: Heyneke seems 2 b making the same mistake as p div with JDV as captain, keeping him for WC. Your views. Desmond Holtzhausen

SARU answers: Desmond, As things stand, Jean seems to be a pretty effective captain for the coach and the team. He is the most capped player in the team and according to most rugby pundits, is playing well.

Your Question: Could you please tell me whether you have an official supporter's tour being arranged for the November UK & France tests ? If not is there a travel agent that you recommend for this tour ? Many thanks. From Penny Fisher.

SARU answers: Penny, TEAM Sports has been appointed as SARU's travel agency for those tests. You can get in touch with them at the following website: or you can contact them at or Tel +27 21 525 2500

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