SARU CEO Jurie Roux has admitted that the number of Springbok players plying their trade abroad may be trimmed in the future.
Ten members of Heyneke Meyer's 30-man squad for the Rugby Championship will be turning out either in Europe, the United Kingdom or Japan following the conclusion of the competition. This is in stark contrast to in previous years when few - if any - players not competing in domestic competitions were considered for selection.
Roux says that this selection policy may not remain going forward, with a limitation on players based abroad being pondered.
"Yes, it's something we are considering. But within the context of a constantly changing industry that is fast developing into a global sport rather than just being a national sport in terms of opportunities offered," Roux told Die Burger.
"Players playing locally will always get first consideration, provided that the selectors have faith in their abilities.
"However, we are in a unique current situation with six players (Kirchner, Habana, Steyn, Vermaak, Kruger and Ralepelle), who were part of the Bok squad this past year, now deciding to go overseas. You can't just replace so many players in the middle of the season.
"But these players know their chances of playing for South Africa in future cannot be guaranteed."
Roux admitted that the mass of players moving overseas was of concern to SARU and is a point that will be investigated.