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Test action (at last) for Reinach

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 15 Sep 2014 at 08:53
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After a month or more of holding tackle bags, Sharks scrumhalf Cobus Reinach now looks assured of making a test debut (or cracking the Bok match 23 at the very least) once the Rugby Championship resumes on home soil in just under a fortnight.

Bok management confirmed over the weekend that Ruan Pienaar will play no further part in the competition, having damaged knee ligaments during an unfortunate collision with Duane Vermeulen in Wellington. Already somewhat stretched in terms of available options at number 9 – coach Heyneke Meyer having made little secret of the fact that he considers options outside of Fourie du Preez to be irrelevant – no new scrumhalf has been called into the squad as replacement.

It thus follows that Francois Hougaard and Reinach will cover the scrumhalf duties between them for the two remaining tests, against Australia and New Zealand and Newlands and Ellis Park respectively.

Rather bizarrely, it’s JP Pietersen who’s instead been called up to take Pienaar’s place in the squad, further evidence to me that selections into this hallowed group are made on a pick-and-mix basis. I was under the impression that Peitersen’s Japanese contract precluded Rugby Championship involvement – which was clearly a misunderstanding on my part – but the question begs asking all the same; if JP is indeed available to the Boks, then why the hell wasn’t he picked for the last four tests, where having to potter along with a makeshift 13 has been one of the glaring weaknesses in the current team?


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