We have on site two members for whom thinking is a dangerous deficiency, For the past year one of them was going on about the fact that Esterhuizen was not included in the WC squad in 2019, However, Esterhuizen went to play for Harlequins in the English premier series after the WC,
I was hoping that he would play last week in the Harlequins game against Munster - where he would have had to face De Allende - but he was not in the team because of a 5 week ban in a game during the previous week,
A further enquiry indicated that the ban was for five weeks - which indicated that it was a very serious offence, I would like to know from our England members the details of the offence leading to the ban.
At the same time I am now even more happy that he was not in the WC squad - since he could have been a serious liability in the squad. That type of penalty mostly result from dangerous play caused by inefficiency of the player who was banned - eg Frans Steyn in the 2015 game against the Crusaders. A ban in that series would have resulted in the player not been replaced in the squad and that would have damaged the chances of the team in the WC massively,