Mallett on Fijian imports

WP director of rugby Nick Mallett insists that looking for talent overseas is not a slap in the face of local talent.

“We’ve got good structures in place from U13 level upwards,” Mallett told Die Burger’s Herbert Pretorius. “The talented players will definitely be spotted. I am worried, though, that not enough players cross the bridge from U19 and U21 level to senior rugby. Just a few backline players who played well at junior level the past 10 years have made their mark at senior level.

“That’s why I discussed the possibility with Fijian officials and coaches to bring a couple of promising Fijian backs to Cape Town. They can perhaps complete their schooling here or be admitted to our academy. The most promising players can be offered senior contracts and possibly play for Province and the Stormers.”

Mallett believes rugby is a global game and that all possible sources of talent should be investigated.

“New Zealand, Australia and Japan get the cream of the crop in the South Sea Islands and why can’t we investigate this possibility? We’ve had players from France, New Zealand, Argentina and England here in the past, while South Africans are in demand throughout the world. There’s nothing strange to look at alternative options overseas.”