Naas slams Sarpa hypocrisy

The SA Players Association is using Saru’s own money to fight the national body, according to former Bok flyhalf Naas Botha.

Botha criticised Sarpa for their role in organising the Springboks’ warm-up match against the World XV on 3 June at Ellis Park.

“Sarpa wants the game to generate funds,” he said on Boots & All. “As far as I’m concerned the members should run the organisation themselves.

“You can’t go to Saru and ask them for their players and a stadium, and then use the profit you generate to fight them a few weeks later. It just doesn’t make sense!”

Botha also questioned the value of playing against a World XV that quite clearly wouldn’t be the best team on the planet.

“How can you call it a World XV when you don’t have the best players from New Zealand and Australia there?” he asked.

Naas makes a good point. Judging by their first few ‘signings’ the World XV appears to be more of a Pensioners XV.

Former Wallaby winger Joe Roff is busy securing his retirement fund in Japan, ex-All Black scrumhalf Justin Marshall recently joined the Leeds Tykes, while flyhalf Carlos Spencer and winger Bruce Reihana are with the Northampton Saints. Throw in Saracens prop Cobus Visagie, who last played for the Boks in 2003, and you have a team unlikely to challenge John Smit’s men.

At the moment, the only current Test players expected to play are French flank Olivier Magne and utility back Thomas Castaignede – both of whom have been in and out of the national side in recent years. Bok discard Brent Russell may also get a run against his countrymen.