The South African training squad, to face a Namibian Invitation XV in a practice match in Windhoek on Friday, assembled in Pretoria on Monday with an injury cloud hovering over several Springbok stars.
Rugby 365 reports the players who did not participate in the first training session included centre Adi Jacobs (flu) and wing JP Pietersen (recovering from a knock to his shoulder sustained in the Sharks’s Super 14 loss to the Bulls recently).
Several players who are returning from injury – Schalk Burger, Jean de Villiers, Andries Bekker and Meyer Bosman – are being managed by the medical staff and also did not take part in the full session.
All of these players will be reassessed over the next two days.
Prop Tendai Mtawarira will join up with the squad on Tuesday, as he is writing an exam in the morning.
The squad will have further training sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday and will depart for Windhoek on Thursday morning.
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said the main focus at this stage was to make sure that maximum benefit is gained from Friday’s match.
“We need to use this game effectively to get the guys to gel again and to get our systems functioning,” De Villiers said.
“It is a bit tough without the Bulls players but we understand that they have a Super 14 final to play.
“Nevertheless the Namibian game is an opportunity for some game time for those who will be in the Springbok squad, which is important to our preparations for the upcoming British & Irish Lions series,” De Villiers added.Tweet