Bok coach: ‘Rugby World Cup 500-day mark serves as a real reality check’

  • Springbok manager Jacques Nienaber says they are excited to start their title defense with 500 days to go to Rugby World Cup 2023.
  • Nienaber adds that the Boks are ready to make the most of 2022 in preparation for the tournament in France.
  • The Springboks have an excellent season ahead of them with three tests against Wales and the Rugby Championship on their schedule.

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber says preparation for the 2023 Rugby World Cup has begun as they gear up for their title defense in France.

Tuesday marked 500 days to the start of next year’s Rugby World Cup, with Bok’s mentor already thrilled.

South Africa will contest Group B along with Ireland, Scotland and Spain, as well as a qualifying team yet to be determined.

Nienaber, who served as assistant coach during the triumphant Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign in Japan, said the historic date sparked great excitement.

“We’ve been counting down the days for a while now, but the 500-day mark for the Rugby World Cup serves as a real reality check from a preparation perspective,” Nienaber said.

“We have a limited number of test matches scheduled before the international show and we need to make sure we make the most of each one of them and learn as many lessons as possible so that we can put the necessary structures and systems in place sooner.” We’re going to France.”

The Springboks will be based in Toulon for most of the group stage of the competition and Nienaber stressed the importance of having their structures in place.

“Toulon is a beautiful city with world-class facilities, but there is also enough for the players to enjoy when they have time off, which will be vital in creating the mental balance necessary for them to perform optimally,” said Nienaber.

“Next year will be the first time we face Ireland at the Rugby World Cup, whereas we faced Scotland in England in 2015 and back in 1999, when we were also in the same group as Spain, and we look forward to it. cravings”. group.”

The Springboks will kick off their 2022 season when they take on Wales in three Tests from July 2-16.

This will be followed by the first two rounds of the Rugby Championship from 2-13 August, when the Boks take on the All Blacks in back-to-back tests at home ahead of their tour of Australia and Argentina.

The first of their two lineup camps took place in Durban earlier this month, with the second camp taking place in Cape Town from May 1-5.

Nienaber and his team of coaches have been working hard behind the scenes to prepare for the international season.

“It was wonderful to see the players embrace our processes at the first roster camp a few weeks ago, and we look forward to building on this at our next camp,” Nienaber said.

“The international season is getting closer and closer, so the sooner we get the players and management on the same page in terms of our structures, the easier it will be when we get out on the pitch in our first training camp before the Tests. July”.

Springboks 2022 schedule:

July 2: First test against Wales in Pretoria

July 9 – second test against Wales at Bloemfontein

July 16 – Third test against Wales in Cape Town

August 6 – Rugby Championship Test against New Zealand at Nelspruit

August 13 – Rugby Championship Test against New Zealand in Johannesburg

27 August – Rugby Championship Test v Australia (venue TBC)

3 September – Rugby Championship Test v Australia (venue TBC)

September 17 – Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Buenos Aires

September 24 – Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Durban

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