Dai Young calls for Wasps duo’s Bok recall

Date published: April 16 2018

Wasps head coach Dai Young has called on Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus to recall Wasps duo, full-back Willie le Roux and centre Juan de Jongh, for the June Test series with England.

The pair have been in outstanding form for the Coventry-based side this season, most recently in the 30-15 win over Wasps on Saturday and Young revealed that he has already shared his views with Erasmus on the matter.

"I met with Rassie about both of them and put my point across. I wouldn't be surprised if they feature in the summer for South Africa," Young told KweseESPN.

"Willie has been excellent all season for us and is commanding in the air. He spots great angles and hits space by scanning what is in front of him for opportunities and is playing well enough to put his hand up for a recall. I don't think he can do any more.

"Juan has been excellent and does all the small things really well and if you look at the great Wasps teams of the past, it is not always the big superstars who make the team click and his defence is outstanding."

South Africa's selection policy stipulates that only players with 30 or more caps may play for the Boks when playing their club rugby outside of the country.

Le Roux has no problem in this regard with 41 caps but de Jongh has only appeared 19 times for his country. However, Erasmus said there could be exceptions made to the rule if necessary.

Erasmus clarified his stance after taking over the role as head coach in March, saying: "I believe some of the more experienced players from overseas clubs can still add value, but they must be utilised correctly.

"In a World Cup year, we can use players with fewer than 30 caps, so we will probably have to test those players at some stage before the tournament in Japan next year. We are working on some plans to manage just that, while we also can't neglect the players based in South Africa."