Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
4 minute read
12 Jun 2021
7:42 am

Hooray for Devon Conway! But why so many foreign Springboks?

Ken Borland

There are many different reasons why players opt to leave South Africa to play abroad, and continually picking them simply encourages others to go, too.

Former Lions batsman Devon Conway made 200 on Test debut for New Zealand, after changing countries. Picture: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

The maudlin cries complaining that all our best talent goes overseas is something we are quite used to hearing in cricket and rugby. And the issue has come to the fore again with Devon Conway’s spectacular debut for New Zealand's cricket team and Springbok director of rugby Rassie Erasmus announcing a squad of which nearly 50% are based overseas. Top sports people taking their skills elsewhere is one of the biggest challenges facing our administrators, but it is also a problem that the country faces as a whole in a wide range of fields. On the sporting side, there is...