Boks get cold, wet welcome

2012-11-05 00:00

DUBLIN — The Springboks arrived in a cold and wet Dublin yesterday at the start of their Castle Outgoing Tour ahead of the first Test against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

The squad of 27 players left South Africa on Saturday evening and after a stopover at Heathrow Airport in London touched down in the Irish capital early yesterday afternoon.

Ruan Pienaar, who scored a try in Ulster’s win on Friday night, drove down from Belfast and linked up with his team-mates yesterday, while the three other European-based players, Francois Louw, Schalk Brits and Gurthrö Steenkamp, will arrive in Dublin in the next 24 to 48 hours.

The second most capped member of the touring squad, CJ van der Linde, said it was good to be back in Dublin, where he played for Irish province Leinster for two seasons.

“There are a lot of Leinster players still in the Ireland setup.

“I see the weather is still very much the same, but it’s a great city and it’s great to be back in Dublin,” Van der Linde said.

“We’re very excited about the forthcoming tour and we know it won’t be easy, but this provides further opportunity for us to grow as a squad, especially since we have blooded so many youngsters this season.”

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