Blitzboks emphasise player welfare

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:26
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SEVENS SPOTLIGHT: Blitzboks' conditioning coach Allan Temple-Jones is adamant that the player's welfare remains a top priority ahead of the Las Vegas Sevens tournament. 

The Blitzboks work hard in order to be amongst the fittest contesting the World Rugby Sevens Series and the short turnaround time between tournament does put extra pressure on the player's fatigue.

However, Blitzboks’ conditioning coach Temple-Jones confirmed that that the welfare of each squad member will always be a massive priority in preparations.

"We need to tweak here and there, depending on the circumstances, but because we have a broad base to work from, we are able to do that," said Temple-Jones from Nevada, where the team is preparing for the Las Vegas Sevens.

"The two-week turnaround between tournaments is pretty flexible and we might drop a contact session for a cross-training session if the guys need that.

"It was a tough turnaround from Wellington and Sydney, so our key focus this time around was basically to get the guys training again. We mix up the training with the intensity building up towards the end of the two weeks,"

The strength and conditioning specialist, who has been with the team since 2007, points to the good work ethic of players on tour and the hard work put in by the squad members staying behind as a reason for their good fitness levels.

"The guys push each other during these sessions and back home, the guys are in the very capable hands of Marius Schoeman and Paul Delport of the SA Rugby Sevens Academy, so we manage to keep those levels up," Temple-Jones said.

The Springbok Sevens have won in Las Vegas three times since the tournament was moved there and Temple-Jones has been involved in all those wins.

The Las Vegas Sevens take place at the Sam Boyd Stadium from Friday, March 3 until Sunday, March 5.

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