Aussies want SA beef

Cats captain Wikus van Heerden believes South African forwards would jump at the chance to play for the Queensland Reds or Western Force if Australian rugby’s import restrictions were relaxed.

At the moment, only players elligible for the Wallabies are allowed to play for their four Super 14 franchises. South Africa, meanwhile, have allowed the likes of Tony Brown (Sharks) and Keith Lowen (Cheetahs) to bolster their sides.

“For sure, there would be South African guys interested to play Super 14 in Australian sides,” Van Heerden said after his Cats lost 23-16 to the Reds.

“Tiaan Strauss, Clyde Rathbone, Andre Vos . . . they definitely made the most of their opportunities in Australia. I’m sure more would take the chance.”

Back-rower Vos was a pure Super 12 import. He was a hit with the Reds in 1998 as an impact player in a development season and went on to become Springbok captain.