Injuries concern Meyer

 Nov 01,2012
Written by: Editor

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer said the matter of injuries rested heavily on his mind and feels the time had come to change the systems in place for the national team.

The heavy workload of the Boks in recent months have resulted in numerous injuries and as a result, the side will tour without the likes of hooker Bismarck du Plessis, lock Andries Bekker, number eight Pierre Spies, fly-half Johan Goosen, centre Frans Steyn and wing Bryan Habana.

"Being Springbok coach is a managerial job as much as anything else and it has been frustrating at times for me in this first season," said Meyer.

"One of my big strengths has always been to look at the system and then go about getting it right.

"There are some great players with injuries when one looks at Frans (Steyn) and Bryan (Habana)," added the Bok boss.

"Okay, JP (Pietersen) is back from injury, but the injured players can do a lot for the team, they are important for us.

"The (incoming) youngsters do well but when you have names like Habana and Steyn in your backline you have a really good team."

Meyer felt South African rugby should take a leaf out of New Zealand's book and rest the players for extended periods in an effort to ensure good health.

"Without wanting to be critical of the way things are done here, I would like to see changes in the systems going forward," Meyer said.

"I think New Zealand have got it right. They intend to rest (Richie) McCaw on their European tour.

"Their management of the players is unbelievable, and they are also doing the right thing on their end of year tour, taking 34 players and introducing talented youngsters around a core of experienced guys."


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