White dismisses Brits’ Bok claims

Schalk Brits’s performances for the Stormers may have impressed Cape rugby fans, but they haven’t blown Jake White away.

Speaking to the Argus, the Bok coach said Brits wasn’t the form hooker in South African rugby as many seemed to think.

“He has scored one or two individual tries, but his throw-ins at the line-out have not been great and the Stormers have been pushed off the ball in one or two scrums,” he said.

White also spoke of his plans to have the Boks based in Jo’burg at the end of the year. All 24 contracted Springboks are being withdrawn from the Currie Cup for the next two seasons. Only Danie Rossouw and Andre Pretorius – who aren’t contracted – will be allowed to play for their provinces.

“We’ll all be living in Joburg for two months in September and October, but the players will fly home at weekends to spend time with their families,” said White. “The one thing we’ve lacked is conditioning because up to now we’ve never given the players any time off. Now, working with the Sports Science Institute, we will have the chance to work on individual training programmes, speed and weight training.”