Despite some sore bodies, the Allister Coetzee’s new-look Springboks need a quick start.
Anyone who saw the derbies between the Stormers and the Cheetahs and the Lions and the Bulls before the Bok squad announcement will understand why.
Luckily for coach Coetzee, there doesn’t seem to be any major injury concerns as they start their preparations for the three-match Test series against Ireland in two weeks.
Coetzee explains: “Obviously we had two derbies yesterday and as we all know, derbies are very tough and physical.
“When I met the players at the airport they were quite stiff and sore still.
“I will get a medical update, but according to my knowledge there is no real serious concern [in terms of players bring unavailable] at this point in time.”
While the Boks will focus on becoming a unit this week, Coetzee is also happy that he has been afforded the opportunity to look at more players in the upcoming SA “A” battles with the England Saxons.
SA “A” coach Johan Ackermann will join Coetzee and his management team in Cape Town this week, with Coetzee saying: “I’m just happy that I could come into a period where we have SA “A” to plan alongside the national side.
“It’s always good – if a player misses out on national selection at least there is a chance for him to play and perform at a level.
“It would be great [to have a team like this all the time], but there are other things [such as cost] that we need to take into consideration as well.”
Meanwhile, overseas-based players Duane Vermeulen, Francois Louw and Steven Kitshoff were the only three players not in camp – only joining the Boks five days before the first Test against Ireland at Newlands.