It’s rather baffling that Springbok coach Allister Coetzee decided to release both his back-up hookers, Bongi Mbonambi and Malcolm Marx, for Currie Cup action this weekend.
With Western Province visiting a Griquas side unbeaten at home, where they need a bonus-point win to remain in charge of their Currie Cup destiny, Mbonambi will no doubt be a valued-added addition to the squad.
After Scarra Ntubeni’s Achilles tendon injury, WP were forced to recall Michael Willemse from loan at the EP Kings and coach John Dobson will be hard-pressed not to call on the Springbok.
Saru says in a statement: “The reason for the release of these players is that Springbok management feel they will benefit from additional game or training time.”
But what if both Bongi and Marx get injured in the domestic competition?
Where does it leave Coetzee in terms of a back-up for captain Adriaan Strauss when the Bok squad for the Tests against Australia and New Zealand is announced later in the week?
Meanwhile, Saru have announced a coaching indaba where national team bosses will meet with Super Rugby counterparts and invited specialists for October 19-21.