Bob’s Bok disappointment
31 May 2006
World XV coach Bob Dwyer has expressed regret that his team will not be facing a full-strength Springbok XV on Saturday.
He did concede, however, that despite a slew of injuries to key Bok players the team announced by Jake White was filled with talented players.
â€œIâ€™m a bit disappointed for the injured Boks that will miss out on the game. We would have liked to have played against the best possible team,â€ Dwyer said.
â€œBut given the squad that Jake put together any 22 would be worthy of a Springbok jersey. You also have to be capable of proving your depth and this is an ideal opportunity. That said, Iâ€™m sorry they are missing certain guys.â€
Dwyer was probably referring to the likes of stars such as Os du Randt, John Smit, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Burger, Andre Pretorius and Bryan Habana. All those players would, if fit, be picked in Whiteâ€™s strongest possible squad.
World XV captain, Justin Marshall, has had many classic tussles with the Boks as All Black scrumhalf and is relishing the prospect of locking horns for one last fling.
â€œOur team is totally filled with international quality players and for us to play South Africa is good. Iâ€™m personally really looking forward to it.â€
â€œIt is a great opportunity for us to see whether we can still compete at this level against the younger guys.â€
The World XV is currently in Sun City enjoying a round of golf as well as the sights and sounds of one of South Africaâ€™s biggest tourist attractions. They return to Johannesburg on Thursday for a training session ahead of Saturdayâ€™s match.
By Andrew Hollely