Willie le Roux.....is at risk
May 08, 2013, 15:34:32
With non selection for the Bok squad and improved money available from overseas, of course Willie is at risk. He is typical of a group of near test players, crucial to our S15 fortunes, who can't be paid enough.
But Willie is a special case....the one free spirit in a "game plan" rugby nation. And so the fans love the guy.....his crazy chip kicks deep in his own half, his sense for the gap when bringing the ball up from a kick and his Van Cliburn hands. To me he plays more like Campese than any SA rugby player I have seen.
Would it all work in tests? I have my doubts, the game has become so tight and so physical. In that sense Meyer may be right. But Willie is the kind of crazy experiment sports fans love. They want to believe that kind of thing still has a chance in sport.
So in denying the Willie experiment a chance to succeed, Meyer is denying more than Willie Le Roux. He is denying that an unconventional, free spirited approach can work.....and fans don't like somebody who "treads on their dreams", to quote Yeats. Meyer would be wise to let this sink or swim on the merits.....and maybe, just maybe, it works!