Boks receive clean bill of health in Brisbane

All 31 players in the Springbok tour squad were given the green light to be considered for selection for their Rugby Championship opener against Australia.  The South Africans will only have two full training sessions and a light captain’s run before facing the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.  Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts said all the players in the squad were available for Saturday’s Test following Tuesday’s training session at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane:  ‘We always knew this was going to be a shorter week than normal and we planned for it, which is why we worked really hard in the last two weeks in South Africa.  In any game you play, there is always the risk of injuries, as it’s about exposure and to be honest, I was a bit concerned about our match against the World XV last Saturday.  It came after two very big training weeks and we were bringing back a few players from injury, but we got through it with flying colours.’

Roberts said that although a high number of players struggled with injuries a couple of weeks ago, that number has come down.  The team to face Australia will be announced on Wednesday.  Roberts says:  ‘We’re very happy with the progress a lot of the players have shown.  Obviously we still have a number of guys who are not yet ready to play, but every player will be managed individually in the coming weeks.  As we’re moving closer to the World Cup, the window of opportunity to get players back and ready starts diminishing.  If we get major injuries now, it could rule players out of the World Cup and I’ll start getting really nervous in the final six weeks before the tournament kicks off.’