• Several Springbok rugby players recently experienced Land Rover's new Defender.
• Among the players were Duane Vermeulen and Frans Steyn.
• The players were part of the World Cup-winning team.
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Land Rover South Africa recently invited several Springbok rugby players to its Land Rover Experience facility in Lonehill, Johannesburg. The invited players were Land Rover ambassadors Duane Vermeulen, Bongi Mbonambim Trevor Nyakane, Pieter-Steph du Toit, and Frans Steyn. With them were 'friends of the brand' Lood de Jager and Handre Pollard.
The seven Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks were invited to the premium lifestyle centre to take on the facility's new Defender-only off-road tack, and each other, in a battle of driving skills and teamwork in the most capable Land Rover ever. The players were divided into three teams, and each set off to complete a series of three challenges with a maximum 3000 points up for grabs.
In the end, team mates Nyakane, Vermeulen and Pollard walked away top scorers, while their on-pitch team mates left with an experience to remember.
Duane Vermeulen said: "I'm amazed at all the technology in the new Defender and how easy it made driving over tough terrain. The camera systems are incredible. We could see exactly what was happening outside the car on the touchscreen, and one view looked like it came from a drone flying around, sending a hi-res image back to us inside. The trails at Experience in Lonehill include some scary obstacles but the Defender handled them with ease."
Bongi Mbonambi said: "What a fun day out at Experience Johannesburg. The facility is world-class, and it felt great to be back in a competitive environment with the challenges set up for me and my team mates. The new Defender is a beast, and I loved how it was able to tackle the trails and still be so comfortable at the same time."
Compiled by: Charlen Raymond