Ahead of the SA Rugby crisis indaba this week, former Stormers star Schalk Burger has another wake-up call for the bosses.
Burger, now playing for English club Saracens, is the third overseas-based international speaking out in the past week
following Duane Vermeulen and Juan Smith’s assessment of what is wrong with South
African rugby at the moment.
And Burger’s biggest gripe is the number of young players leaving our shores and how that will affect the 2019 World Cup player stocks.
Burger tells The Guardian: “It hurts all of us who have played there for a long time. I’m not too sure what the future is going to hold. At this moment it looks quite bleak out there. The warning signs were there last year and maybe the year before.”
Of the overseas players, he adds: “There’s no qualms about someone like myself, Duane
or Francois Louw plying our trade overseas because we’ve done our bit for the Springboks over numerous years.
“The big issue is losing the pros in the middle. The bloke who plays 200 games for his team, drives the everyday values, pitches up without complaining and plays 80 minutes every week… we’ve lost them in South Africa.
“Our pros are sitting in France or Japan or here.
“SA Rugby has to become more proactive Everyone is looking ahead to 2019 but there’ll be no 2019 World Cup for the current crop of players if it goes on like this.”