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Boks training session opened to the public

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 25 May 2008 at 10:26

Peter de Villiers unleashed his new Springbok generation, which he said will fly the country’s rugby flag on the world stage for the next four years, on Saturday.

In what was a first for the new Springbok coach and the members of his management tea, the training squad were put through their paces at Stellenbosch University where several hundred spectators turned up to watch the fare.

Among the crowd was South Africa’s maestro wheelchair athlete Ernst van Dyk, the six-time Boston Marathon winner and former SA Davis Cup player Pietie Norval, a silver medallist at the Barcelona Olympic Games. Both personalities attracted attention from the media in attendance.

News 24 reports that De Villiers took an active part in the practice session, putting the backs through their paces. It was obvious that has not lost the touch he had when he guided the South African Under 21 (2005) and Emerging Springboks (2007) to championship triumphs on the world stage.

He told the media, just 24 hours earlier, that his enthusiasm for coaching was as great as ever. He was now looking to spread that enthusiasm in the ranks of the Springboks.

“The excitement of rugby coaching will never go out of my life, not for the next four years,” de Villiers said. “I told the players if one loses that excitement of life, one stands to lose everything. The excitement must stay with the players so that they can be the best that they can be and perform to their full potential.”

The session on the wet Stellenbosch fields started out with Springbok conditioning coach Neels Liebel warming up the players.

Liebel has followed de Villiers into the Bok ranks after they worked together at South African Under 21 and Emerging Springboks levels.

Bok assistant coach Gary Gold, the former WP Currie Cup and London Irish coach, had the forwards working out against scrumming machines and he rounded off their session with line-out drills.

The other Bok assistant coach Dick Muir has yet to report for duty as he has been heading up the Sharks’ Super 14 campaign which came to an abrupt end against the Waratahs in Sydney earlier on Saturday.

Throughout the training session, word filtered through to the players about the latest scores in Saturday’s Super 14 semi-finals.

One spin-off for the Boks from the Sharks’ defeat is that de Villiers will now have their players available for training at the start of next week. Had the Sharks reached the final it could have proved disruptive for the Springboks’ preparation as their Test caps would only have been available some two days after the May 31 final.

One big challenge facing de Villiers in the next few days will be get players to out of the elvs (experimental law variations) mode because the three in-coming Tours Tests will be played under the old laws.

Wing Tonderai Chavhanga, who is nursing a hamstring injury did not participate in the contact sessions, while hooker Chilliboy Ralepelle did light exercises with the scrumming machine under the eye of physiotherapist Rene Lombard.

Utility back Meyer Bosman suffered a slight hamstring strain during the practice and he was quickly moved out to the touchlines where an ice pack was applied to his right upper leg.

The Boks will return to Stellenbosch on Monday for their next field session after it was decided to cancel Sunday’s training. The Bok medical staff felt another session on top of Saturday’s first outing posed injury risks for the players.


  • Hope for great things this year…

    And that we play as defending champs….not like the last time when we went into an immediate slump….

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.05.08 22:16:59 by Hmmm Reply
  • But we have maintained most of our WC winning team…..there will be no excuse for us if we do….

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.05.08 22:18:07 by Hmmm Reply
  • Hope De Villiers does not make the SA team into a WP and other issue again…he seems like a coach that could do that…an then the country is always divided……

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.05.08 22:19:26 by Hmmm Reply
  • When are the Sharks Bokke being announced….anyone know?

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.05.08 22:19:58 by Hmmm Reply
  • I have faith in De Villiers….and think we are going to have a great run under him…and remain top for at least the year….

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.05.08 22:21:13 by Hmmm Reply
  • Oh well…..

    My beloved LIONS got the wooden spoon…

    Next year there will be no excuse not to end in the top half….
    Hope they start preparing for next year now already….we need finishers….

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.05.08 22:22:24 by Hmmm Reply
  • @Hmmm (Comment 4) : Tomorrow

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.05.08 22:22:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • The final 30 will be interesting….

    Who will the few young up and coming be that De Villers keeps in the side?

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.05.08 22:23:43 by Hmmm Reply

  • Ok….
    That kool

    Is it still gonna be 12 players….cozz that seems a bit much for the Sharks….are there really 12 deserving?

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.05.08 22:26:11 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 9) :

    Was in reply to you robd…@robdylan (Comment 7)

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.05.08 22:27:25 by Hmmm Reply

  • Hope Cheecky does not influence him too much….Cheecky does not seem to have a positive influence on anything from what I have heard…

    And crap like that will heart our beloved country and sport….

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.05.08 22:29:20 by Hmmm Reply

  • Beast, Guthro, Smit, Bismark, CJ, BJ, Bakkies, Bekker, Muller, Vic, Luke, Wikus, Juan, Joe, Kanko, Spies, Ricky, Ruan, Butch, Grant, Jean, Frans, Adi, Bobo, Habs, Chav, JP, Nokwe, Percy, Jantjes

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.05.08 22:31:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Given that every man and his dog has been invited, I reckon the whole Sharks squad deserves to be there

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.05.08 22:33:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    Not even then…JPP never…not Murray….

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.05.08 22:44:50 by Hmmm Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    Dont agree…

    Heinke will make it ahead of all those props….he scrumed the life out of every one of those….plus he is a great lineout lifter…

    Plus JFourie will make it ahead of any one of those backline players….if not that will be a tragedy…

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.05.08 22:50:03 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 15) :

    And you don’t think Fourie Du Preez will make it????
    Riky will be starting scrummy and deserving so….but FdP will be in the mix I guarantee…

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.05.08 22:51:18 by Hmmm Reply

  • And there is no way Nokwe is better than either Ndungane….nor JPP

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.05.08 22:51:44 by Hmmm Reply

  • Plus the fact that PdV replies heavy on his stalwarts I have an idea Meyer Bosman will make the side too…

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.05.08 22:53:04 by Hmmm Reply

  • I also think PdV will pick 1 or 2 un and coming players….

    So maybe a Lobberts or a Dollie or someone will make the final cut…

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.05.08 22:55:16 by Hmmm Reply

  • Think they will split up the two squads Bokke & Emergency Bokke on wednesday.

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.05.08 09:16:24 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 20) : That’s what I’ve heard, ja.

    Does this Emerging Bok tour also overlap with the Currie Cup?

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.05.08 09:25:25 by robdylan Reply
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