Cape Town – The Springboks concluded a week of intense training at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport on Friday as their preparations for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to Ireland, England, Italy and Wales stepped up a gear.
A total of 31 players took part in the training camp after prop Marcel van der Merwe withdrew due to injury.
Among the squad were four uncapped players in Lizo Gqoboka (prop), Bongi Mbonambi (hooker), Boela Abrahams (scrumhalf) and Rudy Paige (scrumhalf), who were invited to get a taste of what Springbok rugby is all about after impressive performances for their provinces in the Absa Currie Cup.
“We had a good week and the players really worked very hard on the field and in the gym,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.
“The emphasis was on conditioning and we also paid a lot of attention to detail on and off the field. It was great to have time to work on these things before we embark on what will be a very tough tour.
“The players’ attitude was great and I’m looking forward to the tour. We encountered all kinds of weather this year and it will be good to have an extended run in the type of conditions we could typically expect at the Rugby World Cup next year.”
Meyer added that the touring squad of 36 players will be finalised over the weekend
“It will be difficult to leave some guys behind, as it always is,” he said.
“There are a number of players who are not