England rugby Union side will face a below par South Africa during the upcoming internationals after the Premiership Rugby again reiterated its policy to not release non-English players from clubs out side of the International window.
This means because England will meet the Springboks at Twickenham on November 3rd, which is out side of World’s Rugby’s set dates for internationals, all English based Springboks will not be eligible for selection.
Unfortunately, the fact Wordy rugby rules also state
“Clubs do not have to release players out side of World Rugby’s International Window.”
It means the Springboks will be missing a number of Key players Including Sale Sharks Scrum Half Faf de Klerk and Wasps full back Willie le Roux, Bath back row Francois Louw, Saracens prop Vincent Kock and Gloucester Lock Franco Mostert.
When questioned over the ruling a spokesperson for the Premiership told BBC Sport its policy was
“only to release players under World Rugby Regulation 9”
All five were part of the South African team that recently defeated the All Blacks 36-34 in Wellington, before going down 32-30 in the return game in South Africa last week. Two games which signified the re-emergence of the Green and Golds as one of the Rugby Super powers after a few years rebuilding.
The same predicament will be faced by both Wales and Scotland as they are set to face of against each other without any of their English based stars on the same day, however in the past both Northampton and Bath have faced the wrath of the Premier Ship and Fined for allowing George North and Taulupe Faletau to represent Wales outside of the International window.