Cape Town - Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux was pleased with the
quality of the first SA Under-20 training camp which concluded after four
productive days of intense training in Stellenbosch on Friday.
The Junior Springbok training squad gathered on Tuesday,
and they were put through their paces with a series of skills and high-tempo
conditioning sessions, which set the tone for what lies ahead as they build
toward the World Rugby U20 Championship in France from May 30 to June 17.
“I am pleased with the first camp, it certainly was a
productive four days,” said Roux.
“We saw exactly what we wanted to see, and I think this is
a very exciting group of youngsters. The main goals were to get to know the
players and their personalities, and for them to get used to our structures
and the way we want to play the game, and I think we succeeded in that.”
Roux was particularly pleased about the atmosphere at
first camp: “The players are excited and there is a nice vibe and energy
amongst them, so hopefully we can carry that over into the next camp.”
The squad will gather in Stellenbosch on Tuesday, March 6,
for the second four-day training camp, with the last being from March 27-30.
This will be followed by a two-week training camp in Stellenbosch from
April 10-25, which will feature two matches against World Rugby U20 Championship
pool opponents, Georgia.
The squad will then travel to the UK from April 30 to May 12 where they will take on Scotland, Wales and England, before completing
their preparations in Stellenbosch at their U20 Championship holding camp.
The SA U20’s have been drawn in
Pool C with Georgia, Ireland and France for international spectacle.