More players have reported for the Springboks in the second week of their three-week training camp in Bloemfontein as the team prepares for the start of the international season early next month.
While the Boks boast one of the best forward packs in the world, they are not resting on their laurels and are paying attention to detail ahead of the series against the British and Irish Lions.
Assistant coach, Deon Davids, says their focus has been on combinations and playing to their strengths.
The first week of the Springbok camp last week had a small group of players, mostly locally-based and those based in Japan. While the focus has been on conditioning, coaches will now be able to also work on tactics and combinations with around 26 players said to be in camp now.
Davids, who joined the team last year, says there are good systems in place and they just need to build on them.
“Obviously, the guys have won a World Cup they’ve learned a lot of lessons. There’s a lot of systems and it’s just fantastic to build on that and decide together on where we can improve.”
The Springbok team has experienced players with a forward pack that is one of the best in the world and was instrumental in the team’s triumph in Japan in 2019.
Davids is a new member of the technical staff after the departure of members who were part of the World Cup winning team.
As much as they were brought in to add value and build on the team’s success in Japan, Davids believes the senior players also have a role to play.
“In my opinion, the players have a huge role to play and its quite good to sit together with them and chat about what worked and what didn’t work and what plans we can make going forward.”
The Springboks, who haven’t played together since November 2019, first play Georgia in a two-match series before the series against the British and Irish Lions.
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