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Is the system punishing talented rugby players for their versatility?

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Somehow the rugby bosses have to prevent another Brent Russell scenario, with the former Bok having become a victim of his own versatility after being shoved around between flyhalf, wing and fullback.


18 Oct 2020
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Is the system punishing talented rugby players for their versatility?

Gianni Lombard tackles Herschel Jantjies during the recent Springbok Showdown at Newlands. Picture: Gallo Images

When one debates the prolific, talented rugby careers of Gianni Lombard and Damian Willemse, one has to wonder whether the system has failed them. It by no means suggests that highly rated coach John Dobson or his backline coach Dawie Snyman at the Stormers, where Willemse plies his trade, are getting it wrong. Nor does it suggest that coach Cash van Rooyen doesn’t recognize the talent of Lombard at the Lions, where the youngster has quickly moved up the ranks. But neither of the two 22-year-old players have yet managed to break through the high-profile ranks to be considered as...

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