Australia are refusing to play against South Africa in the Tri-Nations after the Springboks named a weakened squad for the fixture. John Connolly is suggesting an additional fixture against the All Blacks.
To be honest, the South Africa second-string could probably beat Australia, and perhaps Connolly is looking to avoid the embarrassment. I seem to remember the Wallaby whingeing about Wales’ squad that toured this summer – and then they nearly lost the game.
Whilst I believe the Aussies should put up and shut up, it does raise the question over the structure of the rugby calendar. There are too many matches too close together, and the so-called Test matches are beginning to lose their significance. It’s worth remembering that the only losers in this debacle will be the supporters, who have paid hard-earned money to watch a competitive match.