SWD help Boks prepare for France
NEWS: The South Western Districts rugby team assisted the Springboks during their training session at the Bitou Rugby Club in Plettenberg Bay on Tuesday.
The Springbok squad got together on Monday in the popular coastal town for a training camp in preparation for their three-Test series against France, which kicks off on June 10 in Pretoria.
"The SWD players really played their part and helped the Bok squad to have two quality sessions," said Springbok team manager Ian Schwartz. "Their coach, Rynhardt van As and his assistants also used the opportunity to prepare their team for the weekend's Provincial Rugby Challenge.
"There was great cooperation between the Springbok coaching staff and their SWD counterparts, which is fantastic for the local rugby region.”
More than 3 000 excited rugby fans in the Southern Cape attended the Springboks' open training session.
Andries Coetzee, one of the new faces in the squad, said the squad was delighted with the huge fan turn-out and the warm reception.
"The support was amazing and it was fantastic to see the locals come out and show their passion for the Springboks. We enjoyed the training session at the club as well as the interaction with the supporters afterwards," said Coetzee.