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This week will be different says Bok coach

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It will be the first time the players return for national duty since the Rugby World Cup trophy tour in November last year.

BUSY: Bok boss Jacques Nienaber

JOHANNESBURG – Though they will return to action in Cape Town on Saturday in an exhibition game, the Springbok squad are itching with anticipation ahead of the Springbok Showdown.

It will be the first time the players return for national duty since the Rugby World Cup trophy tour in November last year.

The last time the World Cup winning Springboks did any national duty was during their trophy tour in November last year.

Jacques Nienaber, Springbok head coach and Gold team commissioner said: “One could sense the excitement and camaraderie among the Rugby World Cup-winning players to be back together for the first time since lifting the Webb Ellis Cup last year, while the new players and young guns were in great spirits and thrilled to be part of the national set-up.

“This week is going to be different for us due to the strict Covid-19 safety protocols, but fortunately the players have all been exposed to these safety guidelines at their provincial unions in the last few weeks.

“It is clear that everyone is excited to get into the swing of things when we begin our on-field training on Monday.”

The teams will kick off the week’s activities with some gym work on Monday morning, followed by light field sessions in the afternoon.

Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby Director of Rugby and Springbok Green team commissioner, said it was great for the players to get together again after such a long absence because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The SA Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus (centre) with Swys de Bruin (left) and Bok head coach Jacques Nienaber. File picture: Elias Rodriguez, BackpagePix

“During lockdown, Jacques and his assistant coaches kept in touch with the players by means of regular virtual meetings,” said Erasmus.

“However, nothing beats that feeling of being back in an actual team environment. Apart from the few training activities, which will not be heavily loaded, we will also spend a lot of time on aligning the players in both squads regarding our team objectives for the Castle Lager Springbok Showdown.

“Everyone is excited to be together again and we are looking forward to working with the players in the build-up to Saturday’s match.”

Deon Davids and Mzwandile Stick, the respective coaches of the Gold and Green squads, will announce their matchday squads on Wednesday afternoon.

African News Agency (ANA)