Connolly crushes Highveldt hype

New Wallabies coach John Connolly will take his team straight to Johannesburg to prepare for the September 9 Vodacom Tri Nations showdown with the Springboks.

The Wallabies have not won a test in South African since a one point win in 2000 and have won only twice against the Boks in South Africa in 14 years. Connolly believes that too much has been made of playing at the highveldt.

And he is one Australian coach who has had success in South Africa, when at the helm of the Queensland Reds. His recipe. Train where you play.

Using this rationale, he won’t be basing his team in Cape Town or Durban. Rather they’ll learn to live with the delight of Johannesburg.

“Our attitude is that we are going to stay in Johannesburg and get on with it,” Connolly said. “We’ve got to put all that sort of stuff out of our minds. We have got to acclimatise to the conditions. We don’t look for excuses. We go there to play.”