Springbok coach Jake White has re-emphasised the importance of the Springboks’ current conditioning camp.
All 24 contracted Boks are required to attend the camp, including those who have been dropped from the side, or are no longer part of White’s World Cup plans. This includes Hanyani Shimange, De Wet Barry (both WP) and Wayne Julies (Lions).
Ironically, a player like Sharks lock Johann Muller took part in the Vodacom Super 14 and Tri-Nations, yet will play in the remainder of the Absa Currie Cup (and not attend the camp) because he doesn’t have a Bok contract.
The camp in Johannesburg started on Monday and will run weekly until just before the team leaves for the outbound tour to Ireland and England in November.
â€œThe camp presents our medical team with an opportunity to monitor and look at the individual needs of the players on our contracted list,â€ he said. â€œThey will look at the shortfalls and areas for intervention.
â€œItâ€™s great that we will be spending time on areas we could not address earlier, due to the tight rugby schedule we have just had.â€
Bok conditioning coach Derick Coetzee said the management of each playerâ€™s situation will depend on the outcome of assessments.
â€œWith seven weeks left until the UK tour, the playersâ€™ conditioning has been comprehensively periodised,â€ he said. â€œThe first four to five weeks have been specifically identified for base strength improvement, after which explosive power training will be implemented.
â€œPlayersâ€™ weaknesses will be identified and specific attention given to the necessary improvement. Complex training components, including resistance training, plyometric training, sprint training and rugby-specific training, all form part of the training camp.â€