Cape Town - Springbok
Women's coach Stanley Raubenheimer believes his squad has a solid base to build
from this year following the conclusion of their national assessment camp in
Worcester last Saturday.
A squad of
40 players were put through their paces in a series of conditioning tests over
four days, which was backed up by wrestling and speed sessions, as well as
number of field sessions.
objective of the camp was to assess where the players are in terms of their
conditioning, and while there is work to be done, it is pleasing to see the
willingness among the players to do it," said Raubenheimer.
know where they are in terms of the fitness levels required for their
respective positions, so we have a solid base to build from."
said another objective of the assessment camp was to demonstrate ways to train
effectively with limited equipment - which is especially useful for the players
who do not have access to gyms in the rural areas.
as though we were constantly starting from a zero base at each camp in the
past, so ensuring that the players have the knowledge and equipment to work on
their conditioning daily in their own training environments was a key focus,"
said the coach.
important that we reach a stage where we can go straight into the rugby
structures when we assemble in future.
the assistance from the Departments of Sport and Recreation at the various
provinces, some of the players are also receiving support with their rehabilitation
and testing, so we are improving in that regard as well."
will have a few months to work on their conditioning at their provincial unions
before gathering for further training camps later in the year.
planning to assess the players again in May, but this time we will arrange
visits to their unions, so that we can see first-hand how they train in their
own environments," said Raubenheimer.
then planning to have further training camps in August and September, but the
emphasis at these camps will be mainly on the rugby side of things."