Durban - Fitness
remains a concern for Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer and he revealed at
Wednesday’s team announcement in Durban that some of his regulars would be
missing the trip to Argentina next week to focus on getting physically prepared
for the Rugby World Cup.
for continuity in announcing his side for Saturday’s clash against the
Pumas in Durban, but he hinted that some of those who missed out this week
would be a part of the side that plays in Buenos Aires next weekend.
I’ve said from the start - and I take the responsibility, it’s not the
franchises fault - is that our fitness levels are not where they should be.
I’ve said it from day one,” Meyer said.
want to outplay Australia and New Zealand you have to be fitter than them.
a few guys who are going to get a chance next week. It’s not a chance, they’ve
worked hard and they deserve it.
is going to be to give some other guys a chance and the other guys can stay
and just do unbelievable amounts of fitness probably for two weeks. That’s what
that he was pleased with the strides made by the Boks since they assembled
before the World XV clash at the beginning of July.
gave us a chance after Super Rugby. I truly believe we’ve closed the gap. It’s
very, very close now between the top sides now,” said Meyer.
another three or four weeks of unbelievable fitness and training regimes, I
truly believe we can be at our best going into the World Cup.”
clash kicks off at 17:05.