Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has named a group of players that will be attending the first planning camp in Pretoria next week.
This will be the first of three camps planned during the following two
months of Vodacom Super Rugby, in preparation for the tour against England in June.
Players from the Lions and Cheetahs will attend this planning
camp, from April 16-19. Both teams have a bye next weekend.
“I’ve been mindful of the fact that we won’t have a lot of time to
prepare for England, but these sessions will greatly assist in getting
the players ready for when we get together a week before the first Test,” said Meyer.
“The five Vodacom Super Rugby franchises have been very accommodating in
assisting us with the release of players for the various planning
sessions and walk through camps.
“We’ve planned these camps in accordance with their bye weekends during
Vodacom Super Rugby and I’ve given the franchises the assurance that
there won’t be any intense field training during our sessions - it will
be mostly theoretical planning sessions as well as walk through sessions
of our planned plays.”
The second planning camp, from April 23-26 in Pretoria, will feature
players from the Bulls and the Sharks, while the third camp will
take place in Cape Town with Stormers players from May 1-3.
“I’m planning to look quite wide at most of the eligible players from
our five Vodacom Super Rugby squads when I invite players to attend our
sessions - including currently injured players. The more players that
are aware of how we’d like to play this year, the better for the
Springboks’ preparations for a very tough season,” said Meyer.
Players invited to the first Springbok planning camp:
Coenie Oosthuizen, Caylib Oosthuizen, Pat Cilliers,
CJ van der Linde, WP Nel, Adriaan Strauss, Bandise Maku, Callie Visagie,
Izak van der Westhuizen, Davon Raubenheimer, Franco van der Merwe,
Heinrich Brüssow, Derick Minnie, Pieter Labuschagne, Ashley Johnson,
Juan Smith, Josh Strauss, Philip van der Walt
Piet van Zyl, Michael Bondesio, Johan Goosen, Elton
Jantjies, Butch James, Willie le Roux, Andries Strauss, Doppies La
Grange, Robert Ebersohn, Alwyn Hollenbach, Lionel Mapoe, Jaco Taute,