Leading SA sports agent Craig Livingstone says the combination of Jake White’s open-door policy and consistency in selection is luring players back to South Africa.
Livingstone, who represents White and the majority of SA players, said that indirectly White’s consistency in selection had not been good for business.
Livingstone joked: “It was open season when Rudolf and Harry were at the helm. So many players wanted to leave. Now all the top players want to stay and those who have left want to come back. It may not be good for my business, but it is great news for SA rugby.”
Livingstone said he expected the traditional post World Cup exodus, in which players look to play out their careers in the northern hemisphere, but he said that since White’s arrival as Bok coach there were far fewer approaches from players to go overseas.
“The players want to stay and play for South Africa. He has shown consistency in selection and been open with the players about where they stand in his plans. We have a situation where many overseas-based players want to come back and play out their careers here.
“Among those guys are Selborne and Breyton.”
Paulse, who plays for Clermont, is said to be very keen to finish off in South Africa, while Boome needs a medical clearance on a troublesome achilles before throwing in his lot with Western Province.
“Selborne has done his time overseas and is motivated to play out his career in Cape Town. Breyton’s contract is up in June and the chances are very good we will see him back in South Africa.”