Jake calls in Aussie expert

Former Brumbies backline coach Anthony Eddy has joined the Bok coaching staff in an attempt to give our backs an attacking edge.

The Bok management, by way of a press release, reported that Eddy, a former director of coaching for the ARU, drilled the backline for most of the afternoon, as the players enjoyed a rare morning off from training.

Eddy will work on the attacking facets of the Bok backline play but specifically will target the number nine and 10 channel, where George Gregan and Stephen Larkham set the standard at the Brumbies and for the Wallabies.

The Springbok management released a statement on the injuries in the camp, particularly pertaining to BJ Botha, Marius Joubert and Andre Pretorius, who were all injured prior to the start of the camp.

Joubert was operated on for his injured hand and should be out for two months while Botha will probably face the knife for a neck injury which should see the front-rower out until after the Tri-Nations.

The groin injury to Pretorius will also probably require surgery and his time of recovery was not estimated but should be 4-6 weeks.

There was almost drama when Jean de Villiers left the field nursing a leg injury, but after some icing and strapping he was soon back in action as Eddy made the backs run at each other, concentrating on their lines of offence.

While the backs ran on the field the forwards spent the most part of the afternoon in the gym, working on strength exercises.

The Springbok management will release the results of the fitness tests on Friday, and that could prove very interesting with one or two players looking a little out of shape.