Springboks adapting to conditions

Date published: August 23 2016

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 06: Johann van Graan during the South African national rugby team training session at Belhar Rugby Club on June 06, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

The Springboks arrived in Argentina late on Monday and immediately started with their preparations on Tuesday in Buenos Aires, where they will be based until Friday in the build-up to the second Rugby Championship Test.

Saturday’s Test match takes place in Salta.

According to Springbok assistant coach Johann van Graan, the conditions in Salta will be very different from Nelspruit, where the two teams met over the weekend.

“I know that the conditions there are a lot more dry, almost desert like,” he said.

“The crowd there is also very vocal in support of their team, and the field is a bit smaller. But, the playing conditions will be the same for both teams and we will adapt to it.”

Springbok team doctor, Dr Jerome Mampane, said he was happy with the overall wellness state of the squad.

“The players rested well from the travelling schedule and they will undertake a couple of recovery activities on Tuesday. Everyone is fine at the moment, ready to resume field training on Wednesday,” explained Dr Mampane.

Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, will name his match-23 at 08h00 on Wednesday morning (13h00 SA time). The team will have field training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday in Buenos Aires, before they fly out to Salta on Friday morning.

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