The Springbok management has provided an “accurate overview” of activities that took place on the first day of the pre-season training camp, in view of some “inaccurate media reports”.
According to management, no injuries were picked up during the fitness tests. Andre Pretorius (groin), Marius Joubert (hand) and BJ Botha (neck) did not join the camp due to injuries sustained in the Vodacom Super 14 over the weekend.
Each national squad member present underwent a comprehensive medical assessment and those players nursing slight niggles sustained in previous matches were instructed not to participate in the fitness tests.
Management also confirmed that two coaching consultants have joined the squad to assist with training sessions.
Balie Swart, currently a forward coach with the Sharks Academy, will help the forwards during scrum sessions, while Anthony Eddy – formerly with the Brumbies and ARU – is currently head coach of English club Worcester and a specialist backs coach.
â€œSwart was a top-rated prop and is highly respected for his technical knowledge of scrumming,” said Bok coach Jake White. “Eddy provides us with a wealth of experience and insight and I am sure he will add great value to especially the structure of our half back combinations.”
Springbok management also confirmed that Brent Russell and Solly Tyibilika would join the training camp on Sunday. The Sharks duo will play for the Wildebeest on Saturday in the Vodacom Cup final against the Falcons in Brakpan.