White: Form was a factor

Jake White insists Absa Currie Cup form has been rewarded in the selection of his Springbok squad.

The coach called the competition “a wonderful window to South African rugby” and said this year’s installment had been “fantastic”, yet didn’t explain why two of the best players in the Absa Currie Cup – Kabamba Floors and Luke Watson – had not been selected.

Instead, White praised the performances of his Boks who had played in the tournament.

“Guys like Pierre Spies and Danie Rossouw came back to their provinces and played some really good rugby,” he said, before commenting on the drawn final and giving the sponsors a plug.

“What more could sponsors like Absa and Vodacom ask for than a final like that?” he said. “It was a fantastic 100 minutes of Currie Cup rugby.”

White said he was using the tour to build for next year’s World Cup and that the Bok selections should be seen the that light.

“The key is to have a balance between experience and new players and hopefully we’ve got it right and will get the results we’re looking for,” he said. “We have one new cap in the forwards and three in the backs, so we are looking ahead to the World Cup.”