Reports on Rugby365.com suggests that Meyer has given SA Rugby a list of players he believe will be crucial for the 3 incoming tests against England, his first as coach.
The main talking point in the media at the moment is the possible return from retirement of Victor Matfield not only to play for the Boks, but to captain them for the series.
It is believed however that Meyer is also after Matfield’s former Bulls and lock partner, Bakkies Botha, prop Gurthro Steenkamp, utility forward Danie Rossouw, scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, center Jaque Fourie and utility backline player Frans Steyn.
“SARU has a list of the names of players I want, but that will depend on how the negotiations go,” Meyer told Rugby365.
“I am looking at overseas-based players especially for the first Test against England. I want to have an experienced team.
“We are in talks with a few guys. Everyone is positive,” Meyer added.
Although one can understand that Meyer wants to take no risks against the Six Nations runners-up, you have to ask what the plans are for some of the youngsters that have made their mark in Super Rugby this year.
It is always difficult to judge the form of players playing in Europe and the leagues in Japan are no-where close to the intensity you find in Super Rugby. Add to this the possible captain, Victor Matfield, last having played a game against the Barbarians in 2011 having done no pre-season or any rugby related conditioning this gamble might well blow up in Meyer’s face.
Experience might be crucial against England but if those experienced players are undercooked and off the pace then a gamble with in-form inexperienced players might be a better bet.
Given the caliber players still playing in Super Rugby, some of them experienced Springboks whilst others have captained their franchises with distinction, eyebrows are perhaps rightfully raised at Meyer’s plans.
Also, whilst one can never underestimate England who came off an impressive Six Nations campaign, they are also a relative new team under a new coach still trying to find their feet.
This might be a gamble Meyer will regret in a couple of weeks.