A group of 12 Springboks have been invited to a four-day training, assessment and conditioning camp, from 23 to 26 October in Cape Town.
Current Springbok squad members who are playing for their provinces in the Currie Cup playoffs, as well as those who are playing for clubs in England and Japan, were not considered for the camp.
The purpose of the camp is to give Springbok management first-hand opportunity to assess the medical, conditioning and fitness status of the selected group as the Springboks step up their preparations for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour.
South Africa’s opponents during their month-long European tour are Ireland (11 November, Dublin), France (18 November, Paris), Italy (25 November, Padova) and Wales (2 December, Cardiff).
The small group will work under the supervision of the Springbok medical and conditioning team, while the coaches will also put them through their paces with skills training and tactical planning sessions.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said the camp forms an important part of their preparation for the end of year tour.
“The European tour will provide us with different challenges and we will therefore use the four days to spend some time on our fundamentals, continued rehabilitation and conditioning of this group of players,” said Coetzee.
“Our management will be working hard during this period to finalise our detailed planning for the upcoming tour, and overall it will give us a good indication of the progress of those players who have recovered from injury, or those currently battling with niggles.
“They now had proper rest and recovery for almost two weeks and we must make sure they are rugby ready to ensure optimal performance for the challenges awaiting us during the end of the year tour.”
The Springbok squad for the end of year tour will be announced on Sunday, 29 October – the day after the Currie Cup final – and the squad will assemble in Johannesburg on Monday, 30 October.
The following players will attend a four-day training, assessment and conditioning camp in Cape Town:
Frans Malherbe (prop, DHL Western Province, medical assessments only)
Tendai Mtawarira (prop, Cell C Sharks)
Coenie Oosthuizen (prop, Cell C Sharks)
Trevor Nyakane (prop, Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Steven Kitshoff (prop, DHL Western Province)
Eben Etzebeth (lock, DHL Western Province)
Pieter-Steph du Toit (lock / flank, DHL Western Province)
Lood de Jager (lock, Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Siya Kolisi (flank, DHL Western Province)
Handré Pollard (flyhalf, Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Damian de Allende (centre, DHL Western Province)
Jesse Kriel (centre, Vodacom Blue Bulls)