Saru says they are satisfied with the Springbok selection procedure in spite of the disagreement amongst certain members of the panel .
The controversy stems from the late inclusion of Stormers captain Luke Watson, who snuck in at the eleventh hour courtesy of Saru president Regan Hoskins. The training camp in Bloemfontein will now feature 46 players, and not 45 as initially expected.
“We are satisfied with the process that was followed in selecting the squad,” the statement read. “The selection panel compiles a list of suitable players and reaches consensus on the composition of the national team.
“Once finalised, the convener of selectors then forwards the team for final sign-off to the Saru presidency and the chairperson of the Board of SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd. The Saru presidency consists of its president, deputy president and vice-president.
“Once duly signed off, the team is then ready for public announcement.”
Some reports indicated convenor of selectors Peter Jooste and national coach Jake White were unhappy with Watson’s inclusion. The statement from Saru acknowledged the fact that the decision did not sit well with certain selectors.
“We have noted media statements attributed to members of the selection panel. As is the case with any team selection, it is extremely difficult to find absolute consensus on who should be in the team.
“We accept that not all role-players in the selection process were in agreement on some of the players selected. Having said that, we are convinced that SA Rugby has named the best available 46 players for the training camp.”