Lambie’s only role at fly-half

Date published: September 11 2015

Springbok head coach Heyneke Meyer has revealed that Pat Lambie will only be used at fly-half during the Rugby World Cup.

Versatile enough to play in midfield or at full-back, Lambie has played a key role at number ten for South Africa since his debut back in 2010.

Lambie has not started a Test at full-back for South Africa since the 2013 November Test against Wales.

His most recent outing for his country, at fly-half away to Argentina, saw him finish with 16 points in the side's only Test win of the year.

Meyer said that the length of time since Lambie has last played at 15 in a Test match was the reason for keeping him only at fly-half, and also had led to the decision to include Leinster's Zane Kirchner in the squad.

“Pat would have covered 15 for us and Polly (Handré Pollard) or Morné (Steyn) 10, but I just felt that Pat played at full-back too long ago and it wouldn’t be fair to him,” said Meyer.

“Zane [Kirchner] can cover 12, 13 and wing. We decided after a long debate that we wouldn’t play Pat at 15, it wouldn’t be fair on him as he has just come back from an injury and he last played at 15 some 18 months ago.

“It is a vital position and we just decided we would stick with Pat at 10, and rather bring in another full-back, and Zane is in form.

"We would have gone with one full-back initially and Pat, and we needed to choose."