Bloem gets Bok warm-up

The Springboks will take on an international English Premiership XV in Bloemfontein on 3 June in preparation for the Test series against Scotland.

According to Rapport newspaper, the Premiership team would contain several South Africans including Thinus Delport, Cobus Visagie and Andre Snyman.

Former Wallaby fullback Matt Burke, All Black No 8 Taine Randell and Jonah Lomu, who is currently with the Cardiff Blues, are other players who could make the trip to SA.

With the Springboks playing Scotland in two Tests on 10 and 17 June, and France on 24 June, Bok coach Jake White wants his side to have a decent warm-up against quality opposition. The Springboks’ 134-point thrashing of Uruguay in their first fixture of 2005 did little to prepare the side for their match against France in Durban (which they drew 30-all) and White does not want to make the same mistake in 2006.

With Bloemfontein not hosting a Test in 2006, the Premiership warm-up is seen as the perfect fixture for both the Boks and the Free State Rugby Union.

Meanwhile, the Boks are set to play four matches on their end-of-year tour – two against England and one against Italy and France. This means the Boks could play as many as 13 Test matches in 2006.