South African Youth Player Drain

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  1. profitius

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    The Cheetahs have some advantages.

    1. They start their season earlier and then come up against pro14 teams who are not match fit.

    2. They play at altitude which gives them a natural advantage especially combined with the first point.

    3. The other pro14 sides missed their internationals a lot of the time.

    4. The other pro14 sides have European matches throughout the season along with international matches.


    It's not like for like when you compare super rugby to the pro14.
     
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  3. TRF_heineken

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    Well let's see what happens when we revert back to Strength vs. Strength competition in SR. I'm pretty sure a lot of guys might return to SA when that model is back, plus SARU's new plan might also then be working a lot better.

    We are being too hasty now. Let everything get sorted in our own house first and then look abroad.
     
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    This can't be understated,
    The extra rest weekends will be massive
     
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    Especially since the Cheetahs didn't have any World Cup players...
     
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    That’s the thing though isn’t it? The other teams has International players to lose. The Cheetahs does not. So the other teams losing their internationals just brings it down to equal footing. Two teams without internationals battling it out.
     
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    Only time in recent history I can remember that the Cheetahs weren't effectively a feeder team was 2013 when they managed to retain a surprising number of players from the previous year and they made the SR play offs that year.
     
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    That's the unfortunate thing for the Cheetahs. They are basically a stepping stone for the guys from Grey. So many good players in that region but only that much space available. So the other unions try and get the best guys early, and if they don't those guys go to the Cheetahs, and wait until they get an offer from the other unions.
     
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    Here's just one of the kids that's going abroad, Jason Nel, he signed with Perpignan:

     
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    If I was a French kid I would be so annoyed. Every import is reducing their chances of getting picked.
     
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    be better
     
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    Do you know what the story is behind him leaving? The way he plays reminds me of the du Preez twins in their school days.
     
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    No idea, he was overlooked for Craven Week too, even though he is in Westvalia at school who participates in the Virseker series.
     
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    Agreed, but it doesn't make it right, if countries are allowed to buy in players then we may as well not bother with national teams and stick with club competitions

    What do you guys think of Jan Hendrick Wessels?
     
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    Oh yeah, he's a beast. can play lock and prop. Has some serious gas for a big guy.
     
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