Damian de Allende

Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains has delivered scathing criticism of the current Springboks side. Photo: SA Rugby website

Former All Blacks coach names FIVE Springboks who aren’t good enough to play Test rugby!

Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains has delivered scathing criticism of the current Springboks side.

Damian de Allende

Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains has delivered scathing criticism of the current Springboks side. Photo: SA Rugby website

Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains has delivered scathing criticism of the current Springboks side, predicting New Zealand’s backs will have a field day against the world champions in their Rugby Championship Test on Saturday.

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Main also questioning whether “four or five” of the Springboks are even good enough to play Test rugby!

Mains, who previously also coached the Cats in Super Rugby, added that the Springboks’ back-to-back losses to Australia will have started some hard conversations in South Africa about the wisdom of joining the Six Nations – as has been speculated in recent years.

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“I think there’s four or five players in that team that simply are not up to Test level, and I think you’ll see that the All Blacks’ three-quarters will run riot against them,” Mains told the Stuff website on Monday.

“The centre and the two wings look simply just not good enough to be playing at that level.

“And, I’d have some questions over one or two of their forwards too. It’s all very well they have big strong props, but boy, they’ve got to be mobile.”

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Mains didn’t indicate which of the two Springbok centres – either Damian de Allende or Lukhanyo Am – he was referring to. The Springbok wings on Saturday were Makazole Mapimpi and Sbu Nkosi.

Nkosi filled in for Cheslin Kolbe in the two Tests against Australia.

Mains also wasn’t clear on his critique of the Springboks’ forwards, but did mention the “props” – who were Frans Malherbe and Trevor Nyakane in the most recent Test on Saturday.

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The two proud Test nations will face each other for the 100th time in Townsville on Saturday, 25 September and appear to have very different form lines heading into the match.

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“I think above all the teams in the southern hemisphere they look to me like they have struggled the most … by not having Super Rugby,” Mains said.

“I think Australia and New Zealand had enough Super Rugby to keep them on track and lift them up a level.

“South Africa, sure they had the Tests against the Lions but they didn’t have that really tough Super Rugby program that brings players up to a level where you either make it or you don’t.

“It’s a bit of a war of attrition Super Rugby, but it certainly leaves the players in really good condition.”

South Africa’s players are dotted throughout Europe and Japan, but a significant part of their squad have been playing against local opposition for the best part of two years, either in the South African-only Super Rugby competition or the Currie Cup.

South Africa’s franchises will join the United Rugby Championship, which starts next weekend, while there has been persistent talk about the Springboks following suit and joining the Six Nations.

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