Heinz Schenk
2 minute read
23 Nov 2019
6:20 am

Jannie du Plessis’ experience is vital at top level

Heinz Schenk

What on earth would possess Jannie du Plessis to come to unfashionable Doornfontein?

Jannie du Plessis of the Springboks (C) is tackled by Carl Hayman from New Zealand playing for the World XV (L) and Maxime Mermoz from France playing for the World XV (R) during the rugby match between South Africa and a World XV in Cape Town, South Africa 11 July 2015. Picture: EPA / NIC BOTHMA

Rassie Erasmus and his Springboks have changed perceptions about a lot of things. Yet one of the more underappreciated ones is the fact that he’s reminded us the value of experience – even if we kind of took it for granted in Japan. South African sports fans are notoriously fickle when it comes to the so-called oldies. If we perceive a veteran to be underperforming, we immediately call for a young rookie to take his place. Immediately! So, it’s not really surprising that the Lions’ negotiations with Jannie du Plessis have divided opinion. The former Springbok tighthead is 37 and...