Andy Marinos has revealed that half the contracted Springboks have chronic injuries — and this less than 18 months before the next World Cup.
Marinos, speaking to Die Burger’s Herbert Pretorius, said it was crucial the players were better managed and cited the example that thirteen of the 24 nationally contracted players were walking wounded.
Marinos said it was because players had played too much rugby.
The reason was that the provinces pay huge sums of money to contract these stars and they were not prepared to withdraw them from Currie Cup matches without remuneration.
Marinos told Pretorius that thes problem was close to being solved.
“We’re close to finalising a three-in-one contract for our World Cup Springboks. There are just one or two small details still to be sorted out.”
According to the new contracts, the provinces will be remunerated for the matches played without their contracted Boks.
This will result in White and his coaching staff having far-more control in the management of his players.
Marinos says the planning for next year’s RWC tournament is being done meticulously.
“We’ve already had a strategic planning meeting where the Bok captains in the previous World Cup campaigns were asked to give input. Other former players and sports scientists like Tim Noakes also formed part of the think-tank. Thanks to their contributions, we’ve been able to formulate a detailed World Cup plan.”