Ruining Ruan

South Africa’s spineless coaches destroyed Ruan Pienaar’s Test career.

In the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale this week, the Springbok utility back vents his frustration at the way he’s been treated.

‘Coaches have been telling me since I was at school that I have all the natural talent in the world, but then they’ve put me on the bench or played me out of position,’ he says. ‘I’ve often thought, are they just telling me I’m talented to keep me happy? Do they really rate me, and if they do, why am I on the bench?’

In the same article, SA Rugby magazine’s Jon Cardinelli analyses Pienaar’s 43-match Test career, which includes just five starts at scrumhalf (his preferred position) and just seven at flyhalf (former Bok technical adviser Eddie Jones believes he could have been the next Stephen Larkham if he’d been given an extended run there).

Also in the new issue:

– Keo looks at what went wrong for the Boks in New Zealand and Australia.

– From 2008 to the end of the Boks’ Tri-Nations tour this year, Bryan Habana had scored only eight tries in 27 matches, compared to 30 in his first 36 Tests from 2004 to 2007. SA Rugby magazine reveals why his try-scoring dip is a result of problems with the Springboks’ attack.

Bakkies Botha‘s Test career has been marred by incident and bad blood. Has he become a liability to the Boks?

James O’Connor is worth his weight in gold to the Wallabies. SA Rugby magazine charts his rise to the top, and finds out why he chose rugby union over league.

Israel Dagg has made a big impression despite having limited Test opportunities for the All Blacks.

– A dual-referee system may do rugby more harm than good, and perhaps the best solution to prevent subjectivity is a move towards simpler laws.

Francois Hougaard lives his life at breakneck speed. Nothing he does lacks full-on commitment. There are no half measures in his world.

Solly Tyibilika went from Test to First Division rugby in less than a year and a half. SA Rugby magazine finds out what went wrong.

Nick Koster believes he can regain the form that saw him selected for the Barbarians in 2008.

– EP Kings director of rugby Alan Solomons on transformation, keeping players in the province, and getting ready for Super Rugby.

– In 1994 Rwanda was a country mired in murder and mayhem. Now their wounds are healing and the nation’s rugby team is at the forefront of the reconciliation.

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