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Springbok coach aims to ace European tour

Friday 1 November 2013 20:35

Harry Olivier

The coach will probably stick to the nucleus of the team that lost only to New Zealand this year.

The coach will probably stick to the nucleus of the team that lost only to New Zealand this year.(REUTERS)

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer says his primary objective on his team's European tour is to win all three matches.

The Springbok squad that was picked included some surprises and a few players that haven't been wearing the green and gold for a while. But Meyer says it's not an indication that he will start experimenting.

The majority of the squad got together in Johannesburg on Friday while most of the overseas based players will join the squad when they arrive in Wales.

The coach will probably stick to the nucleus of the team that lost only to New Zealand this year.

“The guys really have to step up. It's a different type of game more of an arm-wrestle by saying that I'm really positive. There's a great vibe in the camp and I’m very excited to go and try and be unbeatable and that's the boxes I want to tick.”  That means players like Scara Ntubeni will only play in an injury crisis, but he's fully aware of what's expected of him.

Ntubeni says, “I've had my one-on-one with the coach and he's told me exactly where I stand and that I'll play if there's injuries. So I just see it as a massive learning curve that awaits me.”
 

Those absent for a while found it easy to fit in again. Springbok squad member, Jaque Fourie, “It's been a passion of mine to always watch the Springbok rugby and there's a couple of exciting youngsters. The game plan is awesome. So the training we had … it was a little bit difficult to get back into it, but once I got into it, it was easy.”

The team leaves for Wales on Saturday.

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