Player 23: Will Rose bloom?

Earl Rose has been pulled from tonight’s match against the British & Irish Lions because Peter de Villiers believes he’s too good to ride the bench. What do you think?

p23De Villiers selected Rose for both the Springbok and Emerging Springbok squads, but when the Golden Lions’ team was announced on Monday, Rose was named on the bench.

The Golden Lions’ management have refused to push Rose into the starting line-up where Andre Pretorius is preferred at 10 and Louis Ludik at 15. This has led to De Villiers pulling Rose from the fixture altogether.

Many of you thought he’d had a poor Super 14 season and therefore shouldn’t be in the Bok squad. Others said he hadn’t been given enough opportunities to prove himself at flyhalf for the Lions.

Pissant: ‘Was Habana anywhere near international quality when he was plucked from virtually nowhere in 2004 and incuded in the European tour where he scored a try in his debut against England? Least we can do is give the guy a chance. It’s up to him now.’

St Petersburgbok: ‘Earl Rose has had all the support from every coach he has ever played for. I remember watching Efoff wax lyracal about Rose. Shit, this oke has been given every opportunity … and he is still kak. Everyone has given him plenty of starts and after a while, they’ve realized … enough is enough.’

Now that you Muppits have had more time to think it over, do you think Rose will bloom if given a chance in the Lions Test series? Or will he wilt?

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