SARU has become their own worst enemy as SARugbyMag reported that another Springbok, Eben Etzebeth will sign a short-term deal in the English Premiership.
This means that Etzebeth will go from End of Year with the Springboks straight into Premiership, straight into Super Rugby and straight into Springbok duties with no rest.
Coetzee has on Monday told the press that the powerful forward is on his way to a Premiership side, as reported by.
“I can assure you it is definitely going to happen. I’m not sure which club he will join though,” said the Springbok head coach.
“Eben Etzebeth playing up here would be a great experience for him because he would be playing against top quality locks in the northern hemisphere game.
“He has played against the best in the southern hemisphere. The conditions would be different and he would learn from it.”
Coetzee added: “But on the other hand it wouldn’t be good for the Springboks because Eben would be missing out on a conditioning phase. He would go straight from English club rugby into Super Rugby and then June Tests next year and so on.”
With conditioning and fitness one of the major points coming out of the Rugby Indaba last month, it seems nothing has changed.
One of the major problems for me has been the fact that our players goes straight from Rugby Championship or Currie Cup into overseas clubs and if they do not get injured straight back into Super Rugby. This just put the South African teams straight on the backfoot. It has been proven with a few players that these end of year contracts with overseas clubs usually end up with players on the sideline for most of Super Rugby or poor form.