Springboks fans fume at Nienaber for not copying rival coach
Jacques Nienaber has named his 32-man South Africa squad that will tour Europe in November and has already faced a backlash from fans for not naming a more youthful squad.
Off the back of a gruelling season where the Springboks faced the British & Irish Lions immediately before the Rugby Championship, Nienaber has only named two uncapped players in his squad, lock Salmaan Moerat and scrum-half Grant Williams.
This announcement comes just a day after Eddie Jones named his England squad, in which he axed plenty of experienced players, including 2021 Lions tourists Jamie George and Mako Vunipola. While Jones only named four uncapped players compared to Nienaber’s two, there is an additional 14 players with ten caps or fewer for England compared to six with the Springboks.
But with injuries already to pivotal players such as Pieter-Steph du Toit, Faf de Klerk and Cheslin Kolbe, this perhaps meant that this was never the time to be too experimental.
England and South Africa face each other at Twickenham on November 20 in what will be the final match of 2021 for both sides.
This is what South African fans have said online:
Nienaber has been talking about building squad depth forever now but there's very little to speak of. 😂 https://t.co/SrrArvtoA9
— Thando (@uShozi) October 19, 2021
Was hoping for more adventurous selections & give some seniors a well deserved rest 🙄 anyway, Go Bokke!!! 🔥🔥🔥💪
— Twak_Praat (@NotFromHereToo) October 19, 2021
When are we developing our apprentice Evan Roos, Tyrone Green, Andre Esterhuizen. We don't have proper cover at 12 going into the World Cup 2023. Frans Steyn won't do it again.
— Marchel Domberg (@acc244909ba54b1) October 19, 2021
Opportunity missed to give key players long overdue rest and build depth? 🙄
— Tilman von Delft (@zndbrg) October 19, 2021
This coach wants our young players to play for other countries!!! Very suspicious
— Curley (@Curley1322) October 19, 2021
Adding 3 players on form (Roos, Louw, Gelant) to an already established setup wouldn’t have disrupted the chemistry. Jacques seems to be playing it way too conservatively. Current team already played a gruelling schedule. Wouldn’t have hurt to blood in new talent.
— Brennan (Khoisan X). (@GoonerSoul_Bren) October 19, 2021
I was more hoping for a mass resting of the senior squad. After so long in the bubble surely some downtime is in order. Let some youngsters come to the fore and see what they can do.
— Brad Stuart (@5Plenty) October 19, 2021
2023 world cup will need a bit of the old and new. Now it is the time to blend in new guys so that they get used to playing test rugby. Give guys that deserve a chance. The old and tested are only there to safe guard the ranking but in a long run will have a negative impact.
— E Z W E N I (@Ngizokhuluma) October 19, 2021
South Africa squad:
Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks) – 13 caps, 0 pts
Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) – 56 caps, 5pts (1t)
Vincent Koch (Saracens) – 28 caps, 0 pts
Ox Nché (Cell C Sharks) – 6 caps, 0pts
Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls) – 51 caps, 5pts (1t)
Joseph Dweba (Bordeaux Bègles) – 1 cap, 0 pts
Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears) – 43 caps, 45 pts (9t)
Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers) – 45 caps, 45 pts (9t)
Lood de Jager (Sale Sharks) – 53 caps, 25 pts (5t)
Eben Etzebeth (Toulon) – 94 caps, 15 pts (3t)
Salmaan Moerat (DHL Stormers) – Uncapped
Marvin Orie (DHL Stormers) – 7 caps, 0 pts
Siya Kolisi (captain, Cell C Sharks) – 60 caps, 30 pts (6t)
Kwagga Smith (Yamaha Júbilo) – 16 caps, 5 pts (1t)
Marco van Staden (Leicester Tigers) – 9 caps, 0 pts
Duane Vermeulen (Ulster) – 58 caps, 15 pts (3t)
Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers) – 8 caps, 0 pts
Franco Mostert (Honda Heat) – 48 caps, 5pts (1t)
Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers) – 18 caps, 25 pts (5t)
Cobus Reinach (Montpellier) – 18 caps, 40pts (8t)
Grant Williams (Cell C Sharks) – Uncapped
Elton Jantjies (NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes) – 41 caps, 309 pts (2t, 64c, 56p, 1d)
Handré Pollard (Montpellier) – 57 caps, 558 pts (6t, 83c, 120p, 4d)
Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks) – 23 caps, 25 pts (5t)
Damian de Allende (Munster) – 55 caps, 35 pts (7t)
Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles) – 48 caps, 60 pts (12t)
Aphelele Fassi (Cell C Sharks) – 2 caps, 10pts (2t)
Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz) – 70 caps, 60 pts (12t)
Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks) – 22 caps, 85 pts (17t)
Sbu Nkosi (Cell C Sharks) – 25 caps, 45 pts (9t)
Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) – 14 caps, 5pts (1t)
Frans Steyn (Toyota Cheetahs) – 71 caps, 141pts (11t, 7c, 21p, 3d)