Boks beef up defence

Stormers defence coach Jacques Nienaber will work with the Springboks in the build up to and at the World Cup.

Coach Peter de Villiers will name his squad for the home leg of the Tri-Nations on 9 July. The best available players will be selected for South Africa’s home matches, but a second string side will tour Australasia for the last two games of the tournament.

According to the Cape Argus, Nienaber has been drafted into the set-up to help with the defence following his great success with the Stormers. The Cape side has been the best defensive team in Super Rugby for the past two seasons, and Nienaber is largely responsible.

Bok technical advisor Rassie Erasmus and Nienaber will work with the senior Boks while the ‘B’ side tours Australasia. The new systems will be complemented by strength and conditioning sessions with Derik Coetzee, who held the post of conditioning coach during Jake White’s tenure.

Nienaber will resume his duties at the Stormers and Western Province after the World Cup.