When the going gets Roff …
16 Mar 2006
Former Wallaby winger Joe Roff will play for the World XV against the Boks at Ellis Park on 3 June.
Suparugby reported that Roff would join flanker Olivier Magne, flyhalf Carlos Spencer, scrumhalf Justin Marshall and fullback Thomas Castaignede in the warm-up game that precedes the Bok Test season,
The Brumbies star played 86 Tests for the Wallabies and is currently playing club rugby in Japan. Roff loved playing against SA teams in the old Super 12, scoring a record four tries in one match against the Sharks in 1996.
Meanwhile, All Black Bruce Reihana and Gloucesterâ€™s South African flanker Jake Boer are also tipped to join the squad, along with former Bok prop Cobus Visagie and Bok discard Brent Russell.
While the match involves some of the best players in the world, it will not be awarded Test status. The SA XV will, however, still play in the official Bok jersey.
Clearly, though, it is starting to take shape as a pensioners day out for the World XV, with too many of the players past their best. The Boks should hammer them, but to call it a World XV should not be confused with a best XV. This is a mix and match of former internationals with one club season left in the bones.
So much for player burnout? The match has been arranged by SARPA to raise funds for the organisation. It seems it is okay for the players to be involved in an extra match if their is a financial benefit to SARPA and the players. When this is not the case, then the moans are of player burnout.
Talk about having principles, which if they aren’t convenient, can always be changed.