Erasmus satisfied with the foundation of the Bok camp

A group of 38 players attended the camp, which followed the first lineup camp in Cape Town in March and a series of online lineup sessions in early May.

Players participated in a series of gym and off-field strategy sessions presented by the coaching staff to familiarize themselves with the structures the team plans to implement this season.

“This camp was extremely valuable in exposing the players to detailed aspects of the game that we would like to implement this season,” Erasmus said.

“In the first two lineup camps we take a broader view of what the coaching staff will consider when it comes to team selection and to introduce the players to the coaches and their ideas, and especially to the new members of the coaching team. in Tony Brown. and Jerry Flannery and national law advisor Jaco Peyper.

“With less than a month to go until our first trial, it was vital that we began introducing the players to our new systems, so that they had enough time to familiarize themselves with these structures as we plan to select the group of players for the Wales trial. and the incoming series of Castle Lager.”

Game planning session with Outfox at the Boks lineup camp.

Game planning session with Outfox at the Boks lineup camp.

Erasmus added: “It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm among the players and witness first-hand how they soaked it all in as they tried to claim places in the national team, and we believe this will put us in a good position as a team for next season.

“As a coaching team, this camp allowed us to better understand the players and their abilities to give them enough details to work on in the coming weeks before meeting for the first official training camp to be held in June.”

Players from the Hollywoodbets Sharks, who will play in the EPCR Challenge Cup final against Gloucester at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday night, have been excused from camp.

The double Rugby World Cup champions will kick off their 2024 international season against Wales on Saturday 22 June, followed by the Castle Lager Incoming Series, which will feature back-to-back test matches against second-placed Ireland in Pretoria and Durban. respectively. (July 6 and 13) and a historic first test against Portugal in Bloemfontein (July 20).

The Springboks will gather in Pretoria on Sunday 9 June to begin their on-field preparations for the season, with the Test squad for the Wales match set to be named shortly after the conclusion of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship quarter-finals on Saturday June 8. .