Peter de Villiers has cancelled the third and final Springbok planning camp because of potential Super Rugby commitments.
The management and 37 players met in Durban on Sunday and Monday in the second of three scheduled planning sessions. De Villiers has announced that the third session, scheduled for 19 and 20 June in Johannesburg, has been cancelled as three South African Super Rugby teams are in the running for a play-off place.
The Bok coach said the most recent meeting in Durban was hugely beneficial. There would have been some disappointment with the Bulls beating the Stormers, but De Villiers said the relevant players put that disappointment aside to focus on the national goal.
‘Getting together after Saturday’s tough Vodacom Super Rugby matches, with winners and losers in the same room, presented its challenges,’ said De Villiers. ‘But the players were quickly on the same page and focusing on the national cause for a few hours.
‘There were different components to the camp and we had medical and logistical sessions as well some required photo-shoots but the most important part was spent on technical rugby matters so that our planning will be fully in place for when the international season kicks off next month.’