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Your Question: Ras u legend. Q)y do we still put players on bench when they not 100% fit, we have so much depth so it seems nonsensical ? From Xerxes
RASSIE ANSWERS: It is difficult to know of which player you are talking about. It might be that a particular player is overplayed or underplayed or coming back from injury. At times the opponents also influence the coach's decision on team selection.
Your Question: The squad heyneke chose is pathetic. Zane ? Janjies ? No Brussouw. What is he thinking ? From Jerry
RASSIE ANSWERS: It is not my place to comment on individual players, but one has to keep in mind the limited time before test matches available to the Springbok coach. There is very limited time ahead of the first test match and that could influence the coach in his selections, opting for players he is familiar with to start off the campaign.
Your Question: What is the story with heyneke having a personal vendetta against brussouw ??? It is ridiculous. Do u also not rate him ? From Paul
RASSIE ANSWERS: The previous answer is applicable to Brüssow as well.
Your Question: When r we gonna realise our bok game plan is outdated. We will never beat NZ unless we totally dominate up front! From Holzie
RASSIE ANSWERS: Consider that we were 4th on the world rankings when Heyneke took over less the a year ago and we are now second. We must just give the coach time to prove himself. We are catching up! Need I remind you that we manage to beat England at Twickenham last year and the All Blacks did not.
Your Question: Rassie, do SARU assist injured players – for example Jaco Taute – to make sure they get the best treatment and rehab so that they are 100% when they come back? Thanks Gilian
RASSIE ANSWERS: The franchises hold the primary contract to the player and will do the rehab, in this instance the Stormers. We will assist if requested.
Your Question: Hallo daar Rassie. Wat is julle plan met Gio Aplon, want hy pas duidelik nie in Heinike se planne nie. Gaan hy dalk sevens kan speel vir die land by die World Cup in Moskow? From Sammy
RASSIE ANSWERS: Alle spelers wat nie in die Springbokgroep is vir die Castle Lager Inkomende toer nie sal oorweeg kan word vir die Wèreldbekertoernooi vir Sewes.
Your Question: What a success the Kings proved to be. Rassie you are from Eastern Cape, you think they will stay? Must we not make a plan for them? Jurie, Humansdorp.
RASSIE ANSWERS: There is a great hype in the Eastern Cape around the Kings and it is great to see. There is a play-off between the bottom side in the SA conference and the Lions scheduled and the way the Kings are playing, they will be confident of playing that match.