The June International is done and dusted with four wins for the Boks which included one close encounter with Wales in the second test a week ago.
A few combinations and players were tried and tested from the Springbok management team. Some of these selections we saw was due to injuries, players unavailable due to club commitments and some player decided he did not want to play for the Boks anymore.
Everything considerd, I believe Meyer has learnt a lot on which players he has to build his team on for the World Cup in England next year.
What we want in SA Rugby is too have quality players in every position and able and experienced back-up when we struggle with injuries in a position.
Meyer did this in the golden years with the Bulls and back then we had a Bulls squad that played for each other and won tournaments more than any other South African province or franchise.
With the Bulls you had Springbok first choice players that played from the bench for the union in a time that South African rugby was strong enough to win Tri-Nations and a World Cup.
If we look at our options that we have from the June Internationals you would be surprise to see how much of that same environment Meyer has brought to the Bok setup since he took over. We suddenly have a situation of who to pick in every position, rather than who will be able to fit in when a certain player gets injured or is unavailable.
Let’s look at the positions and I am only taking the guys who was part of the squad or training group:
Fullback we have Willie, Zain, Mvovo, Lambie and Bosshoff, who can all play there.
Wing we have Mvovo, Habana, JJ, De Allende, JP, Hendricks, Le Roux and Jean
Centre we have Jean, JJ, De Jongh, Serfontein, Jacue, De Allende and JP
Flyhalf we have Morne, Pollard, Bosshoff, Goosen, Pienaar and Lambie
Scrmhalf we have Fourie, Pienaar, Hougie
Loose forwards we have Vermeulen, Alberts, Schalk, Francois, Coetzee, Oupa, Kolisi and Brussouw
Locks we have Bakkies, Victor, Eben, Flip, Pieter Steph, Lood and Stephan Lewies
Hookers we have Bismarck, Struass and Brits with a few others waiting in the wings
Props we have Jannie, Beast, Gurthro, Connie, Malherbe, Marchel
All in all I believe we have a player’s corps are much better than many people believe in this country which should enable us to have a second player in each position who is world class. I am sure there are many more players that can be through into the mix as well.