Currie Cup

Lions coach knocks Springbok management





Lions coach Eugene Eloff believes that the Springbok team’s management have acted unprofessionally by including Jaque Fourie in the national squad without consulting his provincial coach.

Fourie was still on the injured list last week and was unable to play for the Lions against the Sharks because he was still recovering from a groin injury but was still called up on Monday for the Springbok squad.

Eloff says that no one spoke to him about Fourie’s injury before the Lions centre was recalled to the squad and says that Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and the selectors are taking a risk, also from the player’s point of view.

Eloff said that he did not feel it was right to select a player for international duty while he was still recovering from an injury.

“I believe Jaque could have played 40 minutes of Currie Cup rugby before being called up for national duty,” he told SuperSport.

“I feel this is unprofessional. What I would like to see is a more professional forum where the various medical teams and the coaches talk to each other.”

The end result is that Eloff will have to face playing Western Province in a Currie Cup match in Johannesburg on Saturday without his top centre.

“We can do without Jaque, as we have done earlier this season. I just think we (South Africans) should be cleverer when players return from injuries.

“But I understand why Peter wants Jaque. He is a special player, just like Fourie du Preez.

“The Springboks want them back as soon as possible, because there is pressure on them,” Eloff added.

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