Breakdown assistance for Boks

2013-08-05 18:00
Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - The Springboks will utilise the skills of Richie Gray as breakdown consultant for the remainder of the Test season in 2013.

Gray joined the Springboks at their training camp in Johannesburg on Monday and although he isn’t officially part of the Springbok team management, his skills in the vital area of the breakdown will be invaluable as the team start their preparations for the Rugby Championship.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has stressed the importance of the breakdown and has identified it as one of the key areas going forward.

"There are between 120 and 160 rucks in every game and last year we’ve seen that it’s an area of the game where we can vastly improve," said Meyer.

"I do think there has already been a step up in the way the Springboks played the breakdowns this season, but we can definitely improve further.

"Richie brings a lot of knowledge on the breakdowns and I’m confident he will be able to add a lot of value in the coming months.

"I’ve known Richie for a decade and I have always been very impressed with his level of dedication when it comes to ruck play."

The 43-year-old Gray has coached at various levels in his native Scotland and all over the world.

He is regarded, through his innovative work with specific training equipment for Rugby Union, as one of the foremost thinkers of coaching methods relating to the breakdown area.

Gray started an in-depth analysis of the breakdown a number of years ago and has developed a technical training product called 'Collision King', which relate specifically to the breakdown and won the Best Technical Innovation Award at the Rugby Expo in 2011.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

05 November 2016
Barbarians v South Africa, London 17:00
12 November 2016
England v South Africa, Twickenham 16:30
19 November 2016
Italy v South Africa, Stadio Artemio Franchi 16:00
26 November 2016
Wales v South Africa, Principality Stadium 19:30

How will the Springboks fare in their three end of year tour Tests against England, Italy and Wales?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.