The President's Council of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) has made an about turn and placed a ban on players taking up contracts abroad. They will no longer be considered for national selection. considering most of our top players will be playing for teams in europe what a bunch of muppets.
It is not the first time that the muppet gang has made uturns on policy ,they have made it clear that players will have to choose between contracts abroad and playing for the Springboks.
"The [President's] Council has made a decision that those [players] who play overseas and don't return to South Africa to play provincial rugby will in future not be eligible to be selected to play for South Africa," SARU CEO Johan Prinsloo said on Thursday.
"This is obviously a major shift, but we made the call.
"They must come back and first play Currie Cup rugby before they can be chosen again. The Council made this decision in the interests of South African rugby," he added.
The latest player to confirm his departure is Western Province flyer Brent Russell, who has signed with english club Saracens.
Other departing players include
Gary Botha (Harlequins)
Percy Montgomery (Perpignan)
Butch James (Bath)
Marius Joubert (Clermont)
Ashwin Willemse (Perpignan)
De Wet Barry (Harlequins)
Victor Matfield (Toulon)
John Smit (Clermont)
Gerrie Britz (Perpignan)
Bobby Skinstad (Perpignan)
Joe van Niekerk (Northampton Saints)
Lawrence Sephaka (Toulon). South African Rugby homepage