Nienaber: Alignment camps a reality check for Springboks

Nienaber: Alignment camps a reality check for Springboks

The Springbok coaches and management wrapped up the first round of strategic alignment camps on Wednesday with selected players around the country.

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Springbok Head coach Jacques Nienaber, his assistants and the rest of the management staff, met with a number of players in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Bloemfontein. 


Nienaber described the sessions as just what was needed to start the next phase of preparations as the Springboks gear up for a return to Test rugby, with a very busy international calendar looming.


“The players haven’t been together (in a Springbok setup) for more than 500 days, so there was a lot of excitement, as you can imagine,” said Nienaber.


“Just meeting face-to-face was absolutely great, because I haven’t seen some of the players since the Rugby World Cup victory tour parade in November 2019.”


Nienaber described the camps as a reality check for the Springboks.


“It was reality check for us in terms of where we were in 2019 and where we are currently in 2021, and where we have to turn our focus towards and improve during our preparations,” said Nienaber.


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