Dan Vickerman’s ability to understand Afrikaans won’t help the Wallabies disrupt the Springbok line-out on Saturday.
This is according to Australian forwards coach Michael Foley, who shrugged off suggestions that the former SA U21 lock would give his pack an edge.
“We’ve actually asked him to interpret some of their line-out calls, but I think he’s a bit out of practice,” Foley said. “So we haven’t had much luck there. Most of the line-out calls are now coded â€¦ the ball could come in any way.”
Foley was then asked if having a player who knew the opposition’s language could work in other ways, as was the case when former Wallaby second-rower and French speaker Peter FitzSimons allegedly began swearing at the French during one Test.
“Fitzy had the great ability to distract people,” Foley said. “When he jumped in the line-out it would have been difficult to get a cigarette paper underneath his feet, but he tended to win line-out ball. So there had to be something else to it.”