Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
27 Nov 2014
3:57 pm

Wales will test Springboks

Rudolph Jacobs

Wales will test the depth of Springbok rugby on Saturday, a view anticipated by Bok coach Heyneke Meyer after the announcement of the side this week.

FILE PICTURE: Heyneke Meyer.

While Meyer admitted it’s a great chance for wingers Lwazi Mvovo and Cornal Hendricks to see what they can do in the forced absence of Bryan Habana and JP Pietersen, it will be a test for the entire team, he said.

“It’s a great opportunity for Lwazi and Cornal, but not only for them, there are only three players this year who have played in all our games, compared to last year when there were 10, and if you look at the stats there are 25 players not available, due to injuries, etc,” he said.

There’s also the absence of players like centre Frans Steyn and the retirement the past week of lock Bakkies Botha and centre Jaque Fourie, although they will continue their careers in France and Japan respectively.

“It’s a great testament to our depth, and to still put a side out like this, it’s a great side and the way we see it it’s a lot of youngsters who get a chance to play and to prove themselves, so I’m very excited about the new guys coming in,” said Meyer.

“They have been waiting for their chance and this is great opportunity to see if they can step up to the next level, it’s also a character test for us because it’s the first time we’ve on tour for four weeks.”

It’s the 13th Bok Test of the year, of which they have won nine and lost three.

“It’s been a long tour for some of the guys while others haven’t played a lot of rugby, so we’re very excited to go out there and play, and that against a very strong Welsh side who are always tough to play against, so it will be a big test for our depth but we are very excited about the challenge,” said Meyer.