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Meyer announces training camps & players


Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has named a group of players that will be attending the first planning camp in Pretoria next week.

This will be the first of three camps planned during the following two months of Vodacom Super Rugby, in preparation of the Castle Incoming Tour against England in June.

Players from the MTN Lions and Toyota Cheetahs will attend this planning camp, from 16 to 19 April. Both teams have a bye next weekend.

“I’ve been mindful of the fact that we won’t have a lot of time to prepare for England, but these sessions will greatly assist in getting the players ready for when we get together a week before the first Test,” said Meyer.

“The five Vodacom Super Rugby franchises have been very accommodating in assisting us with the release of players for the various planning sessions and walk through camps.

“We’ve planned these camps in accordance with their bye weekends during Vodacom Super Rugby and I’ve given the franchises the assurance that there won’t be any intense field training during our sessions – it will be mostly theoretical planning sessions as well as walk through sessions of our planned plays.”

The second planning camp, from 23 to 26 April in Pretoria, will feature players from the Vodacom Bulls and The Sharks, while the third camp will take place in Cape Town with DHL Stormers players from 1 to 3 May.

“I’m planning to look quite wide at most of the eligible players from our five Vodacom Super Rugby squads when I invite players to attend our sessions – including currently injured players. The more players that are aware of how we’d like to play this year, the better for the Springboks’ preparations for a very tough season,” said Meyer.

Players invited to the first Springbok Planning Camp:

Forwards: Coenie Oosthuizen, Caylib Oosthuizen, Pat Cilliers, CJ van der Linde, WP Nel, Adriaan Strauss, Bandise Maku, Callie Visagie, Izak van der Westhuizen, Davon Raubenheimer, Franco van der Merwe, Heinrich Brüssow, Derick Minnie, Pieter Labuschagne, Ashley Johnson, Juan Smith, Josh Strauss, Philip van der Walt.

Backs: Piet van Zyl, Michael Bondesio, Johan Goosen, Elton Jantjies, Butch James, Willie le Roux, Andries Strauss, Doppies La Grange, Robert Ebersohn, Alwyn Hollenbach, Lionel Mapoe, Jaco Taute, Hennie Daniller.

Springbok Planning Camps – April to May 2012:

Date City Attending players
16 to 19 April Pretoria Toyota Cheetahs, MTN Lions
23 to 26 April Pretoria Vodacom Bulls, The Sharks
2 to 3 May Cape Town DHL Stormers

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  1. Whoa wait a sec before you get happy…

    His training camps are divided into the five S15 teams.

    Lions / Cheetahs first

    Bulls / Sharks second

    Stormers last.

    I get this feeling that Meyer has already determined which team of players will run out for the Bokke in 2015 RWC Final.

    In classic Bulls way he is using these camps to tell players he considers as possinilities for Bokke or who will be Bokke where they stand in the pecking order and what they need to do to become Boks.

  2. the fact that he takes Butch and not Sias make me worry. These fucking 2007 clowns will still linger about.

    Butch is overweight and his knees look tired yet here he is!


  3. Reply to DavidS @ 2:16 pm:

    At least Messherschmitt-Willie made the first cut I suppose.

    But Andries Strauss?? Lagrange ( doesn’t he have a dislocated elbow or something?)

    I’ll have to temper my enthusiasm and just hope that Meyer has eyes and a brain and will do the right thing with Mr. LeRoux.

  4. What the hell is the point… 80% of those players will NEVER be test quality!

  5. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 4:49 pm:

    Word is Heyneke wants to create a sameness in SA Rugby – a culture if you like bred at Super level and continued at Bok level so there is minimum disruption if even juniors are called up for Bok duty.

    He wants the whole country to adopt the same mindset and plan in the way we play rugby so he is getting all the key players from all the franchises together to share his philosophy for buy-in.

    Of course his biggest challenge will be to convince the coaches at those franchises but at least he is well respected by all of them to get an audience – and if the players drive this then who knows???

    I think its different, I think it is clever. I am not 100% sold but let’s see how this goes.

  6. Reply to Morné @ 5:43 pm:

    Better ways to do it (like starting with their coach’s at all levels)… waste of time doing it with player’s 80% of which won’t have a single thing to do with the Boks…

  7. Reply to Morné @ 5:43 pm:

    If the sameness is based on the The Bulls’ game-plan with The Stormers’ defence and when it’s on The Cheetahs’ attack and have absolutely no resemblance to how the Sharks and the Lions are currently playing then I’m all for it.

  8. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 5:48 pm:

    Remember all coaches before him tried that – going to the coaches first. In SA rugby it does not work – period.

    If he gets the buy in from 80% of key players in Super Rugby, he gets the buy in from SA Rugby’s biggest assets at pro level.

    Coaches come and go, and Super Rugby coaches feel a fuck for Bok rugby. Players on the other hand are your soldiers on the ground and they are the majority and those who tend to stick around longer.

  9. Reply to Timeo @ 5:57 pm:

    You are so right.

    What is refreshing is all our teams have unique strengths and combined that can be deadly at Bok level – the trick is to find the balance.

    I am not a Heyneke praise singer in any way, in fact, the biggest thing I am waiting to see is if he has made the transition mentally from being the all conquering Bulls coach, to now being a national coach.

    Believe me – if there is a hint of Bulls favouritism in a game plan or player selection the media will jump on it like rabid dogs.

  10. Reply to Morné @ 5:58 pm:

    Yeah I get it… just not convinced it’s worth it… why not then take the entire Cheetah’s and Lion’s 30 man squads rather than the mish-mash selections above?

  11. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 6:09 pm:

    I cannot speak for the man of course – but by the looks of it I would assume he has identified his top 5 players in each position and those (youngsters) that could possibly make the step in in a year or 2.

    He has a 4 year contract.

    The one thing I do know about Heyneke is that his planning is meticulous. There is hardly a decision made by the man not thought through 100 times.

  12. Reply to Morné @ 6:14 pm:

    Going about it in a very Director of Rugby method IMO… not really his job… but I suppose he doesn’t have much else to do atm whilst the S15 is on (other than sitting down with his assistants and getting MO ready for England)…

    Still quite a few above that wouldn’t even be in the top 5 in RSA… and just how big a squad is too big…

  13. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 6:40 pm:

    I think that is part of the problem – he has not got any assistants to do ground work.

    I said it the day he got appointed – he was dof to take this job and he is on a hiding to nothing. I am praying for a miracle though.

  14. What are his alternatives at this moment in time?

    He must have a broad based plan outlined. So also the strategy (that means longer term) he devised.

    Why is there an assumption that he has not spoken to the Super coaches yet?

    Maybe he has already spoken to the top referees.

    Now he is speaking to players. What about? We don’t know yet. He surely has something in mind. Maybe to learn something from them?

    I discern notions that he should have sitten on his hands rather than try something.

  15. Reply to Cosa die BLOUBOK @ 7:42 pm:

    I agree with you Cosa.

    It looks like after the euphoria set in down in the Cape following their whingeing about the appointment process they have now decided that Heyneke must fail (after all behind their two boys he was only a third choice… I mean we all knew it just HAD to be Alistair… or Gert or whoever the Cape media wanted)… now we have to deal with this fourth choice Pretoria neanderthal and his boiring game plans and things…


    How uncool….

    He’s even identified groups of players from each union to meet with… I mean that Juan Smith… why… he’s injured… he isn’t camp at all… much too butch…

    Sorry but if anyone took the time to read this is a “MEETING AND PLANNING CAMP”…


    No running and fitness level measurement


    He once made the transition from all beaten SWD team coach to CC semi final reaching SWD coach

    From 12th is S12 with 11 games lost Bulls coach to CC dominating and S14 winning Bulls coach

    But her’s my guess for the Cape Cabal


    We’ll give Heyneke not one single inch of leeway.

    We’ll NOT give him chance to build a dynasty like he did in Pretoria.

    That way come end 2013 we can demand he be fired and Gert Smal can coach us to win RWC 2015…


  16. If HM is approaching his job the same was as JW did, i.e; planning long term then this might just work.

    It’s 3 years to the next RWC, in that time, if the top local teams are playing from the same basis HM will have depth in knowledge of the players.

    A knowledgeable player will take less time to slot into a Bok setup when forced changes are required.

    Put it this way, it can’t do any more harm than doing nothing will do.

  17. BTW, anybody read the Dan Retief book?

    I just finished it this morning and wasn’t overly impressed with it.

  18. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 9:16 am:

    Nee, ons maak beurte om dit elke oggend te doen.
    Jy sien mos hoe goed dit werk.

    Ek weet nie van een Kapenaar wat nie bly was oor
    Heyneke se aanstelling nie – behalwe dalk ‘n
    klomp Cape Spanish affie Fletse, want hulle sien
    NET kleur raak.

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