Coetzee picks up hamstring injury at Bok camp
INJURY UPDATE: The Lions will be sweating over the fitness of fullback Andries Coetzee, who picked up an injury during the latest Springbok camp in Stellenbosch.
Coetzee sustained a hamstring strain during the warm-up at Monday’s Bok training camp. He will be further managed by his franchise medical team.
The Lions have a bye in Round Seven before they face the Stormers at Newlands on April 15. They then play the Jaguares before they embark on their Australian tour where they will play the Western Force, Melbourne Rebels and the Brumbies.
Meanwhile, Springbok coach Allister Coetzee was delighted with the continued improvement of the extended Springbok training squad, after they wrapped proceedings on Tuesday in Stellenbosch where the second of three pre-season training camps took place.
The training squad of 41 players spent three days together in Stellenbosch to continue with its preparations for the forthcoming international season. South Africa will play three Tests in June against France.
The group concentrated their efforts mainly on defence, exits and scrums, with Coetzee describing the camp as another successful training gathering. During the first camp in Johannesburg the training emphasis was mainly on attack.
The Bok coach also mentioned that he was pleased with the conditioning of players and attributed it in part to the continued collaboration between the local franchises and the Springbok coaching and conditioning staff.
Coetzee reiterated that the door is still open to players who weren't selected so far for the first two camps. He also mentioned that some of the new faces invited to Stellenbosch impressed him during the various training and technical sessions at the three-day camp.
"There are many players who weren't invited to the first camp, but who attended the Stellenbosch camp after playing consistently well to force their way into the extended group, and there will be others who will be invited to the third camp who are not here now," explained the Springbok coach.
The Springbok management also expressed their gratitude to the Stormers, who allowed a few of their players to join the Boks' training session on Monday at short notice. A large number of the invited training squad sat out the field session on Monday because of niggles picked up in last weekend's Super Rugby action.
The first Springbok training gathering was held in Johannesburg while the next camp is pencilled in for May 20-22. That will be followed by the announcement of the Springbok squad for the series against France towards the end of May.