Real reason why Reinach won't make Bok cut
SELECTION SPOTLIGHT: Cobus Reinach’s skin – not form – will likely be the biggest obstacle to his desire for a Springboks recall ahead of the World Cup.
This is the fear of Kiwi Chris Boyd, the South African’s club boss at Northampton Saints.
The 29-year-old won 10 caps in under a year when last involved with his country from September 2014 to August 2015.
However, hopes that some excellent English Premiership form can catapult him back into the selection mix under current Bok coach Rassie Erasmus are set to go unfulfilled due to South Africa’s quota system selection criteria.
Reinach has caught the eye this season, scoring 13 tries in 17 appearances, a run of form that last weekend included a two-try effort in Saints’ 66-17 rout of a Sale side that featured Far de Klerk, Erasmus’ current English-based scrumhalf pick.
“You’d say he has played his way back into contention in this context, but it’s not as simple as that,” said Boyd in the Sunday edition of the UK-based The Rugby Paper.
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“There’s complexity around South African rugby and their selection that exists and it does have an impact – it would be highly unlikely for them to take three white half-backs to the World Cup,” he added, tackling the delicate subject of Springbok selection which resulted in De Klerk being joined by Bulls pair Ivan van Zyl and Embrose Papier on their country’s November European tour.
“Only South Africa will know what the situation will look like going forward, but Cobus has certainly put his hand up.
“Like everyone else here, we’re encouraging guys to chase international honours and I wish him well.”
Sources: The Rugby Paper & RugbyPass