Boks delay naming team

2010-07-06 08:28

The Springboks have delayed until Thursday the naming of the match

22 for the opening Vodacom Tri-Nations rugby Test against the All Blacks in

Auckland on Saturday.

With locks Danie Rossouw and Bakkies Botha still receiving

treatment for minor injuries, management has decided to postpone the

announcement to later in the week to allow the medical team more time to work

with the two players.

Aside from Rossouw and Botha, the remainder of the 28-man squad has

been given a clean bill of health for Saturday’s clash.

The full squad assembled in Auckland last night after travelling in

two groups on Saturday and Sunday. Players had a gym session this morning and

their first field session at Onewa Park in the afternoon.

Captain John Smit told a press conference earlier in the day that

the squad was looking forward to the kick-off of the 2010 Vodacom

Tri-Nations.

Smit said: “It’s always good to come here. There is a great rivalry

between us and the All Blacks and we expect a tough contest. The nature of the

Tri-Nations is that any one of the three teams can beat the other on any given

day which makes it a very difficult competition indeed.”

Smit said the Boks’ preparations so far had gone well but that the

Tri-Nations represented a new challenge altogether.

The Bok skipper refused to be drawn into the customary verbal

battle that typifies contests between the two nations.

He said: “We are here to play rugby. That’s all part of the

build-up but what really matters is what happens in the 80 minutes.”

As expected, a large media contingent turned out at the Boks’ first

media session with no less than 10 television crews in attendance. A sizeable

crowd – many South African expats – watched the Boks train at Onewa Park in the

afternoon.


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