Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby journalist
1 minute read
5 Jun 2014
6:00 am

Springbok caps not cheap, insists Meyer

Rudolph Jacobs

He is not in the "giving chances" industry, said coach Heyneke Meyer as he opted for experience in naming his Springbok side yesterday for their clash with the powerful World XV on Saturday.

FILE PICTURE: Heyneke Meyer.

Meyer made two big calls however by naming uncapped Cheetahs wing Cornal Hendricks on the right wing and giving JP Pietersen a start at outside centre.

With veteran lock Victor Matfield confirmed as captain, he will have long-time lock partner Bakkies Botha next to him, while flank Schalk Burger has been recalled to the bench.

“I’m not in the business of just handing out caps and every single player that’s here deserves it as I was going for a strong side,” Meyer said.

With Frans Steyn starting at inside centre, Meyer has opted for an untried midfield combination: “JP is a brilliant 13, he is in same mould as a Jaque Fourie and a Stirling Mortlock, while Frans has played at 12 before and he will definitely add value,” said Meyer. “It was also important to give Cornal a chance there because JP won’t be available for all our games, while JP told me he actually prefers 13, I didn’t know it before.”

At scrumhalf Meyer has also opted for Ruan Pienaar to start ahead of Fourie du Preez, while Morne Steyn is again his preferred No 10 with Johan Goosen as backup.

“I discussed it with Fourie and he hasn’t played for a while and Ruan also, but he is in great shape, although he might not be rugby-fit,” Meyer said.