Rassie starts his Springbok reign with 11 Bulls
Coach Rassie Erasmus must balance Super Rugby weekly preparations and Springbok training
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus named his first training squad on Tuesday comprising only 11 players, all Bulls, due to Super Rugby constraints. The likes of inexperienced scrumhalf Embrose Papier and flank Roelof Smit were included, while Handré Pollard and Jesse Kriel are among some stalwarts in the group. The first of three camps will be hosted from April 1-4 in Vanderbijlpark‚ Gauteng. The second camp is scheduled to run from April 8-11‚ also in Vanderbijlpark‚ while Durban will host the third assessment camp from April 22-25. The Bulls players will meet Erasmus‚ his assistant coaches and the rest of the Springbok management for the first of three sessions‚ in which the focus will be on on-field alignment‚ strength and conditioning‚ medicals and fundamentals. No on-field activities are scheduled at this stage. Erasmus said that the camps were planned with the Springbok preparations and the local teams’ Super Rugby commitments in mind. "As much as we don’t want to disrupt the week...