Springboks heading the Bafana Bafana direction 
With a number of player exodus in South African Rugby, one can only question player loyalty, right? 

Looking at Bafana Bafana after they had won the 1996 African Cup of Nations, overseas clubs came flocking in with their cheque books. Players were ready to sign, this provided opportunity for them to represent our country in other world renowned leagues. Some made a name for themselves, BUT in those years, they still came back to play for their country when called upon. 


Enter the Millennium, where, SA Football Players, Clubs and SAFA were in an arm wrestle. It became difficult for any Bafana Bafana coach to get the players that he wanted, hence we saw a downward spiral in the Nations most followed sport. 

South African Rugby is headed the same direction if we not careful. Rugby players see little to no value of playing at home. Who can blame them? “We’ve created an environment where players can have their cake and eat it” Jake White said in a recent interview with AllOutRugby. Our current status quo, the blame game. All fingers Point at SARU but former Bok Centre, Brendan Venter went on social media and tweeted, “In SA we love to blame SA rugby when we dont get results. Allister. Jurie. Mr Alexander. Fikile Mabule. Maybe blame the real culprits?” He believes that the Rugby Agents are the ones behind the massive player exodus. Could he be right? 

No one tends to look at them, they operate in a way where no one sees their work. He carried on, saying, “If this was not about money why not bring out a media report explaining to us all what it was about. The agent manages the player. Tell us.” 

We need Agents that are Pro- South Africa not against the country.

The worst part about having to choose players based overseas, is the release clause that binds players to clubs over country and the difficulty in getting players to play for their country when they are tied down by their overseas contracts. 

Without deviating much, the crux of the matter is, we are losing players, the Bok jersey is losing value, the public have no faith in the Springboks, these are all the attributes that lead to the Bafana Bafana decline after 19996. Our suits talk about how NZ Rugby has got it right, but we not putting any structures in place to learn what they are doing RIGHT.

Players who have signed contracts with overseas clubs since 2016
Players confirmed to Europe/Japan (with clubs they are heading to in brackets)

Dean Greyling (Oyonnax) 

Marcel van der Merwe (Toulon) 

Werner Kruger (Scarlets) 

Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg (Montpellier) 

Le Roux Roets (Racing Metro) 

Lappies Labuschagne (Kubota Spears) 

Deon Stegmann (Honda Heat) 

Grant Hattingh (Kubota Spears) 

Jacques Potgieter (Fukuoka Sanix Blues – returns for Super Rugby) 

Duhan van der Merwe (Montpellier)

Maks van Dyk (Toulouse) 

Coenie van Wyk (Toshiba Brave Lupis) 

Henry Immelman (Montpellier) 

Willie Britz (NTT Shining Arcs) 

Francois Uys (Toyota Verblitz – returns for Super Rugby)

Vincent Koch (Saracens) 

Schalk Burger (Saracens) 

Nic Groom (Northampton Saints) 

Louis Schreuder (Kubota Spears) 

Jean Kleyn (Munster)

Marcell Coetzee (Ulster) 

JP Pietersen (Leicester Tigers) 

Paul Jordaan (La Rochelle) 

Joe Pietersen (Kamiashi Seawaves) Kyle Cooper (Newcastle Falcons)

Franco Mostert (Lyon) 

Derick Minnie (Zebre) 

Marnitz Boshoff (Connacht) 

Warren Whiteley (Docomo Red Hurricanes, returns for Super Rugby) 

Jaco Kriel (Kubota Spears, returns for Super Rugby) 

Lionel Mapoe (Kubota Spears, returns for Super Rugby) 

Elton Jantjies (NTT Shining Arcs, returns for Super Rugby) Lloyd Greeff (Zebre) 

Warwick Tecklenburg (Kamiashi Seawaves, returns for Super Rugby)

Steven Sykes (Oyonnax) 

Schalk Oelofste (Mont-de-Marsan) 

Philip du Preez (Mont-de-Marsan) 

Louis Fouche (Kubota Spears) 

Aiden Davids (Toulon) 

James Hall (Oyonnax, returns for Super Rugby) 

Shane Gates (NTT Shining Arcs) 

Jurgen Visser (Docomo Red Hurricanes)

Francois Hougaard (Worcester)

Bart Le Roux (Zebre)

Gerbrand Grobler (Racing Metro, suspension ends October 8 2016)
South Africans moving between overseas clubs

Pedrie Wannenberg (Castres to Denver) 

Nick Fenton-Wells (Bedford to Bristol) 

Pat Cilliers (Montpellier to Leicester Tigers) 

Dewald Potgieter (Yamaha Jublio to Worcester Warriors) 

Matt Williams (Northampton Saints to Worcester Warriors) 

Sebastien de Chaves (Leicester Tigers to London Irish) 

Devin Hope (Coventry to London Scottish) 

Jody Jenneker (Oyonnax to Castres) 

Robert Ebersohn (Montpellier to Castres) 

Juandre Kruger (Racing Metro to Toulon) 

Pellow van der Westhuizen (Clermont to Montauban) 

George Earle (Scarlets to Cardiff) 

Pat Howard (Northampton Saints to Newport Gwent Dragons) 

Rynier Bernardo (Ospreys to Scarlets) 

Gerhard van der Heever (Munster to Yamaha Jubilo) 

Jean Cook (Zebre to Kintetsu)
Coaches heading overseas

Dawie Theron (Docomo Red Hurricanes) 

Andre Tredoux (Docomo Red Hurricanes) 

Rassie Erasmus (Munster) 

Jacques Nienaber (Munster) 

Frans Ludeke (Kubota Spears) 

John McFarland (Kubota Spears) 

Eugene Eloff (Austin Huns) 

Phil Pretorius (Cayman Islands)