Venter questions Barritt’s omission
13 May 2010
Martin Johnson’s decision to exclude South African centre Brad Barritt from England’s touring squad is absurd, according to Brendan Venter.
Barritt plays under Venter at Saracens, a team that’s enjoyed great form this season and will feature in a Premiership semi-final against Northampton this Sunday. Barritt is eligible for England selection, but when the squad of 44 to tour Australia and New Zealand was announced, the former Sharks No 12 was omitted because he’s believed to be too small.
‘If Brad isn’t in the best 44, then England have some unbelievable players,’ Venter told The Times. ‘To suggest [as the England hierarchy are said to have done] that he is too small is absurd.
‘I said to Martin that’s one place where they’ve got it wrong. Brad has a very low error rate, he passes beautifully, kicks well out of hand and he’s a great communicator. He was our best player against Leicester last weekend.
‘The three best teams in the Premiership have been Leicester, Northampton and Saracens, and for us to have four individuals out of 70 [Barritt is included in the 26-man England Saxons squad] is amazing.’