Rugby Championship

Fitness a huge concern for Heyneke

2015-08-05 16:35
Boks need to get fitter! (Gallo Images)

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.

Meyer opted 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.

“The thing 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.

“If you want to outplay Australia and New Zealand you have to be fitter than them.

“There are 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.

“The plan 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 we need.”

Meyer added that he was pleased with the strides made by the Boks since they assembled before the World XV clash at the beginning of July.

“Nobody 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.

“With 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.”

Saturday’s clash kicks off at 17:05.

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