Meyer defends rotation policy

Date published: October 1 2015

South African coach Heyneke Meyer has defended his player rotation policy, which often sees players swapping in and out of the side.

Sharks front rower Bismarck du Plessis makes his return to the Springbok hooker role on Saturday against Scotland, replacing Adriaan Strauss.

The Bulls hooker featured in South Africa’s impressive 46-6 win over Samoa last Saturday and also scored a fantastic solo try in the shock loss to Japan in the opening week.

However, Meyer believes he needs du Plessis for the physicality of the Scotland clash and he wants to keep Strauss fresh.

"It's a rotation policy," explained the former Bulls coach.

"I know this is the right game for Bismarck. He's ready to go. We want to rotate those guys to keep them fresh.

"It was an easy choice, they know where they stand. It's going to be very physical, so this is the right choice for this game."