Cape Town - The Stormers have been gearing up for the 2016 Super Rugby season on a training camp in Wilderness and George this
The 38-man training squad travelled from Cape Town on
Tuesday, and embarked on a team-building exercise on Wednesday that saw them
kloofing down the Kaaiman's Gorge for six hours before ending on Wilderness
On Thursday it was down to business as the squad trained
at a wet Outeniqua Park in George, with plenty of local supporters turning up
despite the weather to watch the coaching staff put the players through their
Friday will see the players train at Outeniqua Park again
before returning to Cape Town on Saturday morning.
Head coach Robbie Fleck said that it has been good to
change things up after a number of successful pre-season camps in Hermanus.
"We wanted to come to Wilderness for a bit of a change
of scenery, we felt that it was a new team, new management and a new
"Hermanus was really good to us and we had some good
campaigns in the past, but we felt we needed a change of scenery so we moved
on to Wilderness," he told www.iamastormer.com.
Fleck explained that on top of the important work the
squad has put in to build on what they achieved in the off-season, the camp
has been crucial in developing a positive team culture.
"The purpose of the camp has been to build on what
we started in November, we have put a major focus on our conditioning and the
way we want to play but it also gives us an opportunity to build on our
culture and a bit of teambuilding as well.
"The guys went up in the mountains and down the
river on a few teambuilding exercises and it was fantastic," he said.
Another positive from the camp has been that it has given
the new coaching group a chance to make their mark as a collective under
"It is a new coaching group and we have had to
knuckle down fairly quickly and get stuck into it.
"We really want to embark on a coaching collective
where we spread the workload. It allows the senior coaches to focus on
certain areas that we need to get done immediately.
"There is a large group of 38 players here, and
there are about eight coaches who are continuously working with them on a
one-on-one, a unit and a team basis," said Fleck.
The Stormers head coach added that he is relishing
the challenge of taking the reins in the 2016 Super Rugby season, with
the full support of both the players and the coaching staff for his vision
for the team.
"We are into the thick of things and it has been
great, the support of the rest of the coaches and the players has been
fantastic and the guys are keen so I am really enjoying it.
"The coaching collective has made a huge difference
and has made my job easier, and so has the buy-in from the players," he