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Nienaber to bolster Bok defence
Peter de Villiers has called on Stormers defence coach Jacques Nienaber to aid with the Springboks’ shaky defence.
The Boks have battled in this area in the first three games of the Tri-Nations. Since the Stormers boasted the best defensive record in the 2010 Super 14, Nienaber has joined the Bok camp ahead of their next three fixtures at home.
Nienaber is expected to resume his role as the WP defence coach later this week.
Frans fit to play
Frans Steyn has been cleared of injury and will join the Springbok squad on Thursday.
The Bok management received word on Wednesday morning that scan results returned positive and that Steyn will return from France to train with the Boks. He is likely to play fullback in next week’s match against the All Blacks.
Steyn last played for the Boks in June against Wales.
Eastern Cape receive Tri-Nations boost
A Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand will be played in Port Elizabeth next year.
Saru’s executive council took the decision, citing the need to bring top-flight rugby to the region. The award is conditional on agreement that all three unions in the Southern Kings region (Eastern Province, Border and South Western Districts) should benefit from the award and on agreement on an appropriate Test match hosting model.
It be the the first time the region has hosted a Tri-Nations match, while it would be the first visit of the All Blacks to the region for 41 years (since 1970).
The 2011 Vodacom Tri-Nations Test against Australia was allocated to the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union, subject to discussions with the union.
The meeting also appointed East London businessman Monde Tabata to the executive council, joining Mike Stofile as the second independent member and filling a vacancy that had been open since the elections in March.
Smit sits out
Springbok captain John Smit missed Tuesday’s training session although it hasn’t been confirmed whether he’s battling with injury.
Smit and prop BJ Botha have been open about their individual training programmes on social network site Twitter. Both players were off the pace on the tour Down Under, and have endeavoured to get back into shape.
Both didn’t train on Tuesday and one has to wonder whether they’re being managed at present. Jannie du Plessis and Ryan Kankowski also didn’t take part in the session.
Jean de Villiers got married this past weekend and is currently on honeymoon. He will rejoin the squad next week.
Fourie du Preez and Heinrich Brussow are with the Boks to offer support and input, but are unavailable through injury.