Cape Town - Springbok
coach Heyneke Meyer has decided to cancel the final field session at the
national training camp currently underway in Cape Town to give the players a
break before this weekend’s penultimate round of Super Rugby.
The camp started on Sunday
evening and will conclude with an off-field session on Wednesday morning
instead of the planned field session.
“It’s the business end of the Super Rugby season and most of the players have already played a lot of
rugby this year,” said Meyer.
“We’re also still in a situation
where half the squad gathered here can’t take part in full training and we
certainly don’t want to risk more injuries. The players’ welfare is always
paramount to us.
“The Stormers host the Lions in Cape Town this weekend, while the Cheetahs have a tough match at home against the Waratahs in Bloemfontein
and the Sharks only recently returned from a taxing tour and they
deserve a bit of a break.”
Meyer reiterated that the
national team will keep the interests of the players and the Super
Rugby franchises firmly in mind when it comes to player management as the
training squad concluded their first field session on Monday afternoon.
the 44 players invited to the camp more than half of them could not take a full part in Monday’s field session in cold and
windy conditions at the Cape Town Stadium, as
was the case at the previous camp in Johannesburg.
we have invited big groups to our training camps, I know all of them have what
it takes to play for South Africa,” said Meyer.
“We also knew a lot of them
wouldn’t be able to train and our commitment has always been not to risk any
injured players,” said Meyer.
camp has given us the opportunity to put in a lot of off-field work, complete
administrative tasks and do PR and promotional work, while new players are
exposed to the Springbok culture and ethos.
also spend time with the players to tell them where they stand, what to work on
and where they can improve to make the Rugby World Cup squad. When we get to
England later this year, we will need a lot of depth and these camps address
players also benefit individually and I’ve been especially pleased with a
number of the younger players who have worked extremely hard and improved
drastically since our last camp.
know the match against the World XV next month will be a proper test of our
squad. Robbie Deans and Bernard Laporte are vastly experienced coaches and they
will select a strong squad for this match.”
The following players did not take full part in
training on Monday
Scarra Ntubeni, Siya Kolisi, Elton Jantjies, Lionel Mapoe, Ryan Kankowski,
Willem Alberts, Tendai Mtawarira, Faf de Klerk, Coenie Oosthuizen, Pieter-Steph
du Toit, Jean de Villiers, Vincent Koch, Warren Whiteley, Michael Rhodes,
Willie le Roux, Jean Deysel, Ruan Botha, Kobus van Wyk, Pat Lambie, Cobus
Reinach, Oupa Mohoje, Lood de Jager, Heinrich Brüssow