Thursday 23 November 2017

Peter Bills: 'Boks schedule from hell to kill golden goose

Peter Bills

What was that about killing the golden goose? Well, down in South Africa, the chiefs who run SA Rugby have the tired old bird stuffed, basted and ready for the oven. No thought there for the poor creature's suffering.

It was confirmed this week that the Springboks have had a 14-match Test programme arranged for them this year by their own union. In the last full year before the 2011 Rugby World Cup, ageing South African stars like captain John Smit, Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha will be asked to undertake a schedule from hell.

Not content with Tests this June against France and Italy (the latter a double-header) SA Rugby chiefs have agreed a request to play a one-off match against Wales in Cardiff on June 5. The following Saturday, they will meet the French in Cape Town.

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