Rules are rules, and people need to be made an example of; no matter how good you are, or valuable you are to a certain team, sometimes, you just won’t make the cut as it contradicts team values.
Francois Louw has recently found himself in this conundrum with South Africa following Springbok head coach, Allister Coetzee, preference to select home-based players. It’s a common rule of thumb in rugby and one which splits opinion, just ask Stuart Lancaster…
— Telegraph Rugby (@TelegraphRugby) October 4, 2015
However, Coetzee appears to have sent out an SOS to flanker, Louw, as the Bath man has been recalled to the South African side after the Boks were humiliated by New Zealand 57-0 in Auckland.
“Francois is an experienced loose forward who has always performed well for us,’
‘He is still regarded as one of the best opensiders playing towards the ball and forcing turnovers. He had a proper off season for the first time in a long while, and will be a good addition to our loose forward combinations in the absence of several players.
‘Francois will also add to our leadership group and importantly for us, he still has a burning desire to play for the Springboks.”
— Allister Coetzee, South Africa Head Coach
Louw’s return to the side also comes at the hands of Jaco Kriel shoulder injury, which looks set to sideline the 28-year-old for six months.
The Bath flanker has played in 52 tests for the Boks, but not featured since 2016 where South Africa had a miserable year with eight defeats from 12 tests. The summer whitewash over France was reason for encouragement, but it looks like Coetzee needs to rebuild a damaged side after being humbled by the All Blacks; starting with the 30th of September when the Boks take on Australia.