Heyneke Meyer dropped a bombshell on the South African public this weekend by not picking the entire Bulls squad for the 30 man touring party to the UK.
When asked about why he made the controversial decision not to pick 30 Blue Bulls to tour, he had the following to say:
“Look, let’s be honest. With the Bulls finishing 4th out of 6 teams and when you consider that one of the teams that finished above the Bulls doesn’t even qualify to play Super Rugby next year, you must know I was under a lot of pressure to pick all thirty Bulls players to represent South Africa.
I was quite close to picking Gio Aplon and Deon Fourie, I must admit, since they are technically much better than some of the current squad, but then I was talking to my assistant coaches and one of them pointed out that Jano Vermaak once dated one of the sisters of one of the other Bulls players, so how I could leave him out? Also, Zane and Morne both have copies of those photos that were taken of me the night that Bulls won the Super Rugby title. You know, where we had the after party… with the thing… and the other thing. So I pretty much have to pick them.
But still. I can squeak in a few non-Bulls players. I mean, I am a Bulls, er, I mean Bok coach, after all. That’s my right. At least that’s what the Blue Bulls Rugby Union tells me I can do.”