Gold says he supports SARU’s request to rest Springboks

BY NATALI IVERSON - MARCH 20, 2015

Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby, Gary Gold, has said that he supports the South African Rugby Union’s (SARU) request to rest top Springbok players during the 2015 Super Rugby season.

SARU met with all of the local Super Rugby franchises during the pre-season, and it was agreed that Springbok players would not be put on the field for more than five games in a row within this year's competition.

Gold announced his team who will be taking on the Chiefs in this weekend’s Super Rugby match, and included Flank Marcell Coetzee, scrumhalf Cobus Reinach and flyhalf Pat Lambie, all Springbok players, who have already participated in five of the Sharks’ previous matches.

The 47-year-old coach said on Thursday, that there was a balancing act when it came to resting his Springbok players, as it could affect the outcome of his team’s results during the Super Rugby.

“I want to make it known is that our view here at the Sharks is that we’re 100% behind the Boks in resting players, I think it’s the right thing to do. I think we need to do it, we’ve agreed to a plan,” Gold said.

“From our point of view, we have a different challenge on our hands with respect that other unions don’t have. We have the most number of Boks and our first bye is only in week 11. So when other teams get that bye, they have the break within the five weeks. From our point of view in terms of meeting commitments to resting players, if Bismarck (du Plessis) needs three weeks off, I think we will be able to manage it and we are committed to it.

“Where it becomes problematic, is not being able to meet that five week period this week, as an example. We haven’t been given the benefit of a bye where three of the five South African franchises have already. But as of last week, we’re the only team to have rested Boks.

“It’s a challenge but it’s something we’re committed to. It’s the right thing to do, I think the Springboks do need to get some rest time, and I want to make it very clear that we’re committed to that agreement.

“No-one wants the Springboks to win this Rugby World Cup more than me after going through the disaster of 2011,” Gold added.

 

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