Rescue Boks from player burn-out, urges Div

2012-12-19 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has called into question the amount of rugby that the Springboks are playing.

In a radio interview, De Villiers said he believed something needed to be done by rugby officials to prevent player burn-out.

“I hope someone will come to the rescue of the players. We are working our players down the drain,” De Villiers said.

De Villiers said that it was not just the amount of game time spent by players, but also the repetitive strain and intensity of training sessions that were contributing to player burn-out.

He cautioned that the loss of key players through injury would negatively affect the Springboks’ results if they were poorly

managed.

“At the moment they [the Springboks] are bleeding, because the players are exhausted,” said De Villiers.

De Villiers said he believed that rugby administrators motivated by the profit of more rugby had not taken the players’ well-being or the performance of the national team into consideration.

“We need to get to the place where [administrators] understand that more [rugby] isn’t always better,” De Villiers said.

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