No national contracts for top Boks

Some top Springbok players have chosen to further their careers abroad.

Bryan Habana chats to EWN Sport on 14 January 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A number of experienced Springboks have not been awarded Springbok contracts for 2013.

Andries Bekker, Juandré Kruger, Morné Steyn, Bryan Habana, JP Pietersen and Zane Kirchner have all missed out on Bok contracts, instead choosing to further their careers abroad.

"We've kept as many of our top players in South Africa as we could by awarding them national contracts, despite the powerful lure of the pound, euro and yen," said South African Rugby Union CEO Jurie Roux.

Several local players have chosen to play for overseas-based teams, but Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is certain the players who have been offered contracts can do the job for South Africa.

"I'm very excited about the contract group. Most of these players showed last year they have what it takes to play for the Springboks and they can only get more experienced and improve further" Meyer said.

"Losing experienced players to overseas teams is not ideal, but it's their right to further their careers abroad."

List of Springbok contracts:

Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie, Tendai Mtawarira, Pierre Spies, Frans Steyn, Adriaan Strauss, Flip van der Merwe, Duane Vermeulen.