Cape Town - A Springbok training squad for a Durban camp
from May 25-28 will be named after Round 14 of Vodacom Super Rugby as the
national team kicks off their preparations for the Castle Lager Incoming Series.
The Springboks will be in action for the first
time in 2014 when they take on the Samsung-sponsored World XV at Newlands
in Cape Town on Saturday, June 7.
This match, against a star-studded invitational
side coached by former Springbok coach Nick Mallett, will provide Heyneke Meyer
with a perfect opportunity to get his team ready for the rest of the Test
The Springboks are in action four times in June
– after their match against the World XV follows Tests against Wales (on June 14 at Kings Park in Durban and on June 21 at the Mbombela Stadium
in Nelspruit) and Scotland (on June 28 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in
The Springbok Management have been working very
hard since the start of the season to ensure everything is in place when they
get together for the first time this season with a training camp in Durban from
Apart from a comprehensive planning camp held
in February, the Springbok coaching team recently had a coaches camp, where
they worked hard on all detail relating to training for the season.
Furthermore, breakdown consultant Richie Gray,
who was very influential in the step-up the Springboks made in this area of
play last year, had been re-appointed in the same position for this season and
“Everyone on the management have been very hard
at work in ensuring things go as smoothly as possible, especially behind the
scenes – both in South Africa and abroad,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.
“The assistant coaches and coaching consultants
have also been around the country continuously where they worked with the
franchises and provincial unions, who have been very accommodating to us – I
think the synergy we have with the provinces is a massive positive in South
African rugby at the moment.
“All of this puts us in a good position leading
up to the season, but ultimately we all realise we have to accelerate and step
up a gear when we get together as a group in June. We have set certain goals
for 2014 after enjoying a relatively successful 2013.
“It’s our third year together as a team and
those have generally been the most challenging seasons for any team looking
back at the last decade or so. We all know need to make a further step-up from
the get go.”
The Springbok training squad for the Durban
camp will be named in the week of May 19, while the squad for the Incoming Series will be announced on Saturday, May 31.
The final squad of 36 players will get together
in Cape Town on June 1 to start the serious preparations for the series.