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Boks move from posh training base

2015-10-19 15:27
Fourie du Preez (Gallo Images)

London - The Springboks are on the move - training base wise - as they prepare for their Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

Following hosts England's early departure from the tournament, the Boks took over their state-of-the-art training base at the luxurious five-star Pennyhill Park hotel as they prepared for last Saturday's quarter-final against Wales.

The base was redeveloped ahead of the World Cup at a massive R50 million cost to include a two-storey indoor training centre and outdoor rugby pitch - which cost a cool R22 million alone.

However, now that there are only four teams remaining in the tournament, a reshuffle of training venues has taken place and the plush surrounds of Pennyhill Park in Bagshot have gone to Argentina.

The Boks will move to Surrey Sports Park in Guildford as they set their sights on the defending champion All Blacks and their semi-final at Twickenham on Saturday (17:00 SA time).

The All Blacks will be based at London Irish RFC as they prepare for what will - hopefully - be their toughest assignment to date.

The Wallabies, who face a potentially tricky encounter against a resurgent Pumas side in the second semi-final on Sunday (also at Twickenham at 17:00 SA time), will be based at The Lensbury and St Mary's University.

Team bases for the third/fourth playoff and final will be confirmed after this weekend's matches.

Sport24 Editor Garrin Lambley is covering the 2015 Rugby World Cup live from London

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