Planet Rugby

Boks bring in breakdown specialist

05th August 2013 15:17

Share:

Heyneke Meyer Springboks coach 2013

Heyneke Meyer: Rucks are a priority

The Springboks will utilise the skills of Scottish coach Riche Gray as breakdown consultant for the remainder of the Test season in 2013.

Gray joined the Springboks at their training camp in Johannesburg on Monday and although he isn't officially part of the Springbok team management, his skills in the vital area of the breakdown will be invaluable as the team start their preparations for the Rugby Championship.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has stressed the importance of the breakdown and has identified it as one of the key areas going forward.

"There are between 120 and 160 rucks in every game and last year we've seen that it's an area of the game where we can vastly improve," said Meyer.

"I do think there has already been a step up in the way the Springboks played the breakdowns this season, but we can definitely improve further.

"Richie brings a lot of knowledge on the breakdowns and I'm confident he will be able to add a lot of value in the coming months. I've known Richie for a decade and I have always been very impressed with his level of dedication when it comes to ruck play."

The 43-year-old Gray has coached at various levels in his native Scotland and all over the world. He is regarded, through his innovative work with specific training equipment for Rugby Union, as one of the foremost thinkers of coaching methods relating to the breakdown area.

Gray started an in-depth analysis of the breakdown a number of years ago and has developed a technical training product called "Collision King", which relate specifically to the breakdown and won the Best Technical Innovation Award at the Rugby Expo in 2011.

  • International Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , November 1
Barbarians vs Australia14:30
USA vs New Zealand20:50
Saturday , November 8
Italy vs Samoa14:00
England vs New Zealand14:30
Wales vs Australia14:30
France vs Fiji16:45
Ireland vs South Africa17:30
Scotland vs Argentina17:30
Saturday , November 15
Italy vs Argentina14:00
England vs South Africa14:30
More International Match fixtures
  • International Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , October 18
Australia 28 - 29 New ZealandAustralia vs New Zealand Report
More International Match results