Former Springbok flyhalf Joel Stransky presented the Springboks with their match jerseys in Brisbane on Friday and urged the team “to do something special” when they face Australia on Saturday.
Australia host South Africa at 20h00 (12h00 SA time) at the Suncorp Stadium in the third round of the 2018 Castle Lager Rugby Championship, with both teams determined to bounce back after suffering defeats in the previous round.
Stransky, a key member of the famous 1995 Ruby World Cup team, handed the Springbok players their match jerseys in the customary team ceremony on the eve of a Test match. He is nowadays a match commentator for South African broadcaster SuperSport and a keen cyclist.
The former Springbok flyhalf shared a few words of encouragement with the players and management, before presenting each member of the 23-man squad with their match day jersey.
“It is always special to be invited into the Springbok fold, this is a very special environment,” said Stransky.
“As a former player, it is even more special to join the boys; it’s a special culture and I am really honoured to be here.
“I told them to embrace the moment and to go out and do something special when they play the Wallabies on Saturday evening.”
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi emphasised that the Boks are determined to bounce back from their disappointing defeat two weekends ago in Mendoza.
“We are excited to play again this weekend and we want to give our best again and really want to win away from home so that we can get back into contention for the competition,” said Kolisi.
The Springboks completed their preparations on Friday with their captain’s run at the Suncorp Stadium. Saturday’s match will be televised live on SuperSport 1.