The Springboks were all set for Saturday’s mammoth Rugby World Cup showdown with New Zealand: “We really couldn’t have prepared better,” said Bok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick in Tokyo on Monday.
Hot or cool, dry or wet; the Springboks were ready for anything Japan’s conditions could throw at them, Aled Walters, team head of athletic performance, told Rugby World Cup media on Sunday.
Former Springbok prop and dual Rugby World Cup winner Os du Randt is one of six legends who will be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at the World Rugby Awards in Tokyo on 3 November, the day following the Rugby World Cup 2019 final.
The Springboks woke up in Japan for a 12th morning today, but felt the Rugby World Cup atmosphere for the first time properly, Rassie Erasmus, director of rugby at SA Rugby told the team’s ‘arrival’ press conference in Kagoshima on Friday lunchtime.
The Springboks gave back to an enthusiastic and welcoming Kagoshima community on Wednesday, with a number of school and government visits on a rest day from training.