The catalogue of underperforming Springboks in the Vodacom Super 14 should not think that selection for Jake White’s squad of 2006 will be automatic, chairman of selectors Peter Jooste has warned.
Speaking to Volksblad, Jooste expressed his view that a year out from World Cup duty, new combinations need be tested.
“We want to give some new combinations a chance this year. We want to see how they perform under pressure in important matches with a view to next year’s Rugby World Cup tournament,” Jooste said.
“There will be a couple of surprises in the squad. We won’t however, use two different teams like the All Blacks did this year.
“It’s not a case of us not having enough reserves, but rather that we’ve decided to follow this route.”
Jooste did state that he was disappointed that more players weren’t putting up their hands.
“We’re not happy with what’s happening. Some guys are not producing the goods and this makes our task much more difficult. Some guys are not performing as we expected.”