The coach of the world champions, Nienaber, gave his opinion about the tournaments that were played on this side of the equator and the team’s preparation for the Rugby Championship.
The South African coach, Jacques Nienaber, referred to the present of the team and told how the preparation of his team is coming for the Rugby Championship that will be played in Australia from November 7. The South African players began contact training a few days ago, some already compete in Europe and the coach takes note of their rivals in Super Rugby Aussie and Kiwi.
Through a column in Springbook Magazine Nienaber, who replaces Rassie Erasmus after winning the World Cup, left some concepts of how his team works in this stage of coronavirus and affirmed that he was attentive to the two tournaments that were played in Super Rugby: Aotearoa and Australia.
“It was great to see Super Rugby Aotearoa among the 5 teams from New Zealand where the Crusaders once again demonstrated their dominance despite the great competition they had with the other teams. The Australian version was just as good to watch, not only to get us to enjoy some live rugby, but it also gave us valuable insight into what these two countries have to offer in national and international competitions, ”Nienaber wrote.
“Obviously we were interested in the action in both countries”, added the coach and referred to his team: “We are happy to see several of our Springboks playing in the Northern Hemisphere. We continue with our planning and logistical preparations on various fronts ”. He also stated that technology allowed them to stay in touch with the players: “Today virtual meetings make it easy to bring players together online or at intervals for both training sessions and doctors. You can interact with them and chat about important aspects of our preparation such as analysis, training, recovery, protocols, nutritional issues, etc. “
Regarding local players, he said that “despite being out of action since March I think the players did a very good job when we measured dedication and how they stuck to their individual training programs during the pandemic.” Finally, he brought out the same anxiety that lives with anyone who performs in high performance and waits for their first game in the middle of the pandemic: “as Boks coaches we are as eager as the players to get back into action, what we hope will happen soon ”.