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British and Irish Lions Tour – Saracens fitness Expert Edwards to join Springboks

SA Rugby announced Friday the appointment of Andy Edwards as the new Head of Athletic Performance for the Springboks. Interested Rugby fans can book their Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

The experienced Saracens strength and conditioning coach will take up his new role with the Springboks on August 1. Edwards will travel to Cape Town as soon as possible considering the resumption of international travel to South Africa.

He replaces former Springboks coaching staff member Aled Walters, who recently returned to the UK after a successful two-year stint with the South African national team. Rassie Erasmus, Rugby Director, said Edwards will be a good fit for the Springboks in the role of specialists.

British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets - Saracens fitness Expert Edwards to join Springboks
British and Irish Lions Tour – Saracens fitness Expert Edwards to join Springboks

“Andy will bring with him a wealth of international knowledge from his working time with a range of world-class coaches and players in Saracens, achieving success in England and in Europe,” said Erasmus.

“He is highly recommended for what is an important role where you need someone with a proven track record and international experience. During his time with the Saracens, he also worked with many South Africans playing for the club, which will help him establish himself on paper.”

Edwards looks forward to the opportunity to work with the 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok team.

British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets - Saracens fitness Expert Edwards to join Springboks
British and Irish Lions Tour – Saracens fitness Expert Edwards to join Springboks

“From my conversations with Rassie and Jacques Nienaber, I know they put a great deal of emphasis on creating a family environment for the Springboks, and that is something that means a lot to me personally,” said Edwards.

My family and I are moving to Cape Town and we are looking forward to meeting everyone involved with the Springboks and experiencing the amazing and diverse South African culture.From a personal point of view, I am very excited to work with a new group of coaches and players.

There is a great challenge ahead in the coming years and I look forward to the journey with the team. I leave the Saracens with wonderful memories on and off the field together with lifelong friends. I and my partner Lorena will always appreciate our time here.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie

As we reflect on the Springbok triumph of 1995, It is a curious fact of the professional rugby era that British and Irish Lions tours to South Africa correlate with the Springboks being world champions. Interested Rugby fans can book their Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

It is also a fact that on each occasion the Boks have a different coach to the one who won the World Cup two years previously. In 1996, ill-health saw Kitch Christie pass the reins on to Andre Markgraaff who (after being disgraced when a racist remark he made went public) resigned.

British and Irish Lions Tour - Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie
British and Irish Lions Tour – Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie

He was succeeded by the inexperienced Carel du Plessis for the ’97 series against the Lions. Carel should never have been appointed and the momentum generated by the ’95 World Cup win was lost and the Boks lost a series to a fairly average Lions team.

It was a different story when the Lions returned in 2009. The team that Jake White had built to win the 2007 World Cup was preserved by incoming coach Peter de Villiers and while there was an indifferent success for the Boks in 2008, 2009 was one of the best years in Bok history.

The Boks winning the Tri-Nations – including three consecutive victories over the All Blacks – and the series against a very strong Lions outfit. Next year, the Lions are scheduled to return once more and they will find Springbok rugby in rude health thanks to the legacy of Rassie Erasmus.

British and Irish Lions Tour - Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie
British and Irish Lions Tour – Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie

He carefully rebuilt and transformed the Springboks after some lean years and the structures this perfectionist has put in place should ensure the Boks sustain the excellence they displayed in Japan, particularly with Erasmus ensuring continuity by appointing his assistant last year, Jacques Nienaber, as his successor as head coach.

When White he took over the Boks after the shambles of the 2003 World Cup he made the extravagant promise to the players that they would win the World Cup four years later.

The fulfillment of that promise, quite frankly, was down to the coach’s relentless perseverance, some would say rank stubbornness – Jake assembled a core of players for his very first match in charge and stuck with them through thick and thin, and there was plenty of the latter.

Nine of the players that White picked for his first match in charge in 2004 started in the World Cup final in Paris. Jake immediately won the Tri-Nations in 2004; 2005 was a mediocre year and then 2006 was just short of a disaster. The Boks lost to France, Ireland, England, twice to Australia (including the 49-0 humiliation in Brisbane) and twice to New Zealand.

British and Irish Lions Tour - Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie
British and Irish Lions Tour – Lions will find Springboks in ill-mannered health appreciations to Rassie

And twice the coach’s neck was on the line that year. He was first saved when the Boks beat the All Blacks 21-20 in Rustenburg (he would have been fired had they lost). Then on the end-of-year -after White had been called back to South Africa for discussions with his employers at Saru – when the Boks beat England in their second Test against them.

The very same Bok line-up that had been so poor in 2006 flourished in France the next year and boy did Jake White have the last laugh. He had stuck to his guns and eventually reaped the most handsome of dividends.

And 12 members of the team that won the final against England in Paris started in the second Test that clinched the series against the Lions two years later at Loftus Versfeld.

In 1995, Rassie was a 22-year-old flanker playing for Free State, the team he would coach in 2005 to their first Currie Cup title since 1976. It was just his second year in coaching (after retiring as a player in 2003) and his first crack at the Currie Cup. it was only a question of time before he would coach the Boks.

Apart from the legacy of a contented, successful team, Rassie’s commitment to transforming the Springbok side is highly commendable. In the Boks’ 2015 World Cup semi-final defeat to the All Blacks, Heyneke Meyer started with three black players and had one among his substitutes.

In last year’s final, Rassie doubled that number in both respects, including, of course, our first black captain.

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British and Irish Lions Tour – Springboks coach Nienaber is waiting to back on the park

While Springbok mentor Jacques Nienaber is expecting early-stage troubles when South African groups get back onto the field, he figures force won’t be an issue when that day comes. Interested Rugby fans can book their Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

Nienaber was talking at the Food Forward South Africa distribution center in Cape Town yesterday, where he and Bok captain Siya Kolisi, right-hand mentor Mzwandile Stick, Steven Kitshoff, Bongi Mbonambi, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Blitzboks.

British and Irish Lions Tour – Springboks coach Nienaber is waiting to back on the park

Imbokodo captains Siviwe Soyizwapi and Zintle Mpupha assisted in packing food parcels to aid hunger alleviation.

On the initiative, he said: “In January and February, when we started talking about the year, everybody felt that they wanted to give back, and then came COVID and this initiative. When the idea came out in our Whatsapp group, within second the guys started responding saying ‘I will give this’, so the guys were in it, boots and all, right from the start.”

With South African rugby hoping to come back to play in August, the Bok mentor said that they have to expand on what they accomplished in Japan, whether or not any Tests will be played this year.

British and Irish Lions Tour – Springboks coach Nienaber is waiting to back on the park

“I don’t think any of us can wait to get back, and we want to build continuity with what we did in Japan. We finished our alignment camps at the start of the lockdown and we created profiles on all the players. At this stage the unions are in charge of their players, so they take charge of their conditioning and rehabilitation, but we communicate with the unions weekly.”

Jacques Nienaber

Nienaber explained how he and the director of rugby Rassie Erasmus are going about things during the pandemic.

“Rassie and I talk every day. He’s more off-the-field at this stage, so I’ll talk to the coaches about the coaching plan and how we plan to take it forward. We’ve created profiles on every one of our players based on the few Super Rugby games played.”

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British and Irish Lions Tour – The ups and downs of the competition

Springbok lock Mark Andrews has bitter memories of playing the British & Irish Lions in 1997, but the record-breaker hopes next year’s tour of South Africa by the men in the famous red jerseys will result in happier times for the hosts. Interested Rugby fans can book their Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on discounted prices easily.

The 48-year-old Andrews – the first Springbok to reach 50 Test caps, in 1999 against Wales at Wembley in London – started in the first two Tests against the Lions in 1997, but missed out on the third and final encounter due to injury.

British and Irish Lions Tour - The ups and downs of the competition
British and Irish Lions Tour – The ups and downs of the competition

Former Springbok wing Carel du Plessis had just taken over as head coach and South Africa lost both matches – by 25-16 in Cape Town and 18-15 in Durban – which handed the tourists the series title in what Andrews describes as the “saddest” part of an otherwise illustrious career.

Speaking to the SA Rugby Podcast, Andrews said the 1997 tour was an “unhappy” time in his rugby career, but he is very excited about next year’s visit of the British & Irish Lions, especially since the Springboks have shown in Japan last year what they are capable of.

“It’s always a phenomenal series against the British & Irish Lions – it’s probably second only to a World Cup,” said Andrews, a member of the 1995 RWC-winning Springbok squad.

For a spectator it’s phenomenal. You’ve got those crazy lion fans coming out here, and they will give it everything – the stadiums are packed and there is a huge amount of vibe and atmosphere.

Springbok lock Mark Andrews has bitter memories of playing the British & Irish Lions in 1997

Looking ahead to next year, I hope the pandemic can blow over. If there is one series that I think is even bigger than a series between the Springboks and the All Blacks, it’s between the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions.

At this stage, it’s difficult to know who will be available and inform next year? But I would like to think that the guys will know what it will take to win and that we will have a core of players from last year’s World Cup winner who will be guiding our side next year.

“I just hope that culture and ethos of what it takes to be a successful Springbok are instilled in the players next year, and if that is the case, I’m sure it will be a great series.”

Looking back at 1997, when the British & Irish Lions emulated the series win achieved by the great touring side of 1974, Andrews admits it was a tough time in his illustrious career.

“There are not many things I regret in my career – I was lucky enough to win the World Cup, Tri-Nations, Currie Cup – but one of my saddest moments was the 1997 Lions tour,” said Andrews.

SARU had appointed two legends – players who were my heroes when I was younger – to coach the Springboks, in Carel and Gert Smal. It wasn’t a happy time for me or South African rugby supporters.

“Losing to the Lions was frustrating to me, because in my opinion that wasn’t the best side to come here, but we were in such turmoil as a team – we should have won convincingly. It became a very unhappy period in my life, and I regret it.”

The first six podcasts – also available on Soundcloud, Spotify and Apple Podcasts, – feature Rassie Erasmus; Branco du Preez, Aled Walters, and Jacques Nienaber; Cheslin Kolbe and Handre Pollard; Bongi Mbonambi, Malcolm Marx and Schalk Brits; Joel Stransky; and Jurie Roux, and can be accessed here.

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British and Irish Lions tour – South Africa maintains the ban on Springboks

The South African government upheld the ban on all contact sports competitions on Saturday due to the coronavirus. Meaning the country’s professional rugby squads and their world champion Springboks will remain out of action.

Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s announcement came as South Africa prepares to further ease the shutdown on Monday and open most of its economy as part of a gradual relaxation of restrictions. Rugby fans can book Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

British & Irish Lions tour - South Africa maintains the ban on Springboks
British & Irish Lions tour – South Africa maintains the ban on Springboks

Professional contactless sports competitions will be allowed in some regions and Mthethwa gave teams, including rugby, permission to resume training. But only if there are protocols to minimize the possibilities of transmission of COVID-19.

All squads have 14 days to submit detailed plans on their protocols for approval before they can train, the minister said. The conditions include the mandatory examination of athletes.

South African Rugby CEO Jurie Roux welcomed the move as “an opportunity for our players to improve their blocking training regimes by increasing their physical work for an eventual return to play.”

British & Irish Lions tour - South Africa maintains the ban on Springboks
British & Irish Lions tour – South Africa maintains the ban on Springboks

He included that he would look for an explanation on whether full contact preparation would be permitted. SA Rugby had hoped to return to play and hold a national event to win money, matching the planned competitions in New Zealand and Australia.

South African

The South African Super Rugby squads have been out of action since the southern hemisphere club competition was postponed in mid-March. The Springboks’ July sports against Scotland and Georgia, the first time the national squad was scheduled to play since winning the World Cup last year, were postponed when World Rugby announced that its entire mid-year test window would be rescheduled.

Cash strapped SA Rugby has announced salary cuts of between 25% and 43%, plus for its players, this month in a struggle to save up to $ 70 million. Hoping that South African Rugby has approached the government with plans to return to play, and Roux said earlier this month the risk of transmission could be well managed by our protocols.

British & Irish Lions tour - South Africa maintains the ban on Springboks
British & Irish Lions tour – South Africa maintains the ban on Springboks

“We do not operate hospitals or build ventilators and we are not a critical industry for the South African economy, but we believe that we add great value to national life in other ways,” said Roux.

Nathi Mthethwa

Mthethwa will allow professional contactless sports like golf, tennis, cricket, athletics, and swimming to take place starting Monday, without spectators and under strict conditions.

However, sports events cannot be held at designated “hotspots” due to their high rates of COVID-19 infection. They contain almost all the major sports cities Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth.

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The players the Springboks basically cannot be devoid of for the British and Irish Lions tour

In the two-year run-up to the Springboks’ World Cup victory, the side perfected and mastered a high-risk, high-energy defensive system under Rassie Erasmus and defense coach Jacques Nienaber. Euro 2020 fans can book Springboks Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Precariously placed heading into South Africa’s away game in Wellington back in 2018, Rassie Erasmus claimed he was under pressure and would quit if they lost, citing his record of never losing three matches in a row as a reason.

Their defense gave up 34 points in a wild and thrilling narrow victory, but it was that aggressive defensive system that came through to pressure Damian McKenzie into dropping the ball on the very last play to seal the win.

It wasn’t perfect, but it worked when it mattered.In the return match in Pretoria, a dominant showing had the All Blacks completely powerless for the first time in a long time, with the visitors tryless for the first 54 minutes. At 30-13 after an hour’s play, a serious warning light was flashing.

Not since before 2015, the World Cup had an All Black side been so thoroughly outclassed and out of answers. The reigning world champions and pioneers of try-scoring rugby were flummoxed, down heavily in a test match for the first time since 2012 at Twickenham.

Even the loss the year prior at home to the Lions with 14-men on the park had the All Blacks leading heading into the last quarter of the game. A calamitous last twenty minutes by the Springboks handed the game away and the first 60-minutes of the game was quickly forgotten.

It shouldn’t have been, as it was the first real sign that the Springboks were in the process of developing the world’s best defence.The Springboks continued to tinker and made changes to find the best formula.

Lukhanyo Am became the starting centre and Jesse Kriel became the finisher. Two starting quality centres, 1a and 1b, used in tandem to bring endless amounts of pressure.

With Am going off after 50 minutes, a fresh Kriel could come on and charge of the line for the remainder of the game, continuing the suffocating pressure needed to stop the ball ever getting to the edge. For this system to work, it requires supremely conditioned athletes on the fringes.

Having one tank of fuel for each half meant that the energy would never dip out wide with one centre replaced by the other. This means that Jesse Kriel is as important to the Springboks’ defence as Lukhanyo Am. The likelihood either one of them could keep up the consistent intensity by themselves for the full 80 is unknown.

Certainly, they would aspire to, but it would be a superhuman effort to do so. The issue ahead of the Lions tour is the Japan Top League is not the ideal preparation for the physicality of test rugby, where Jesse Kriel currently is playing.

With only a handful of teams at a Super Rugby level, there isn’t consistent competition every week. At 26-years-old, he is certainly not done in the test arena, but a question mark resides over whether Rassie Erasmus will pick Springboks out of the Japanese competition.

Erasmus says Europe is comparable to Test rugby, but the Top League is not. Outside centre options in South Africa not named Lukhanyo Am are lacking.

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British And Irish Lions Tour: Clayton McMillan appointed interim head coach for 2021 Gallagher Chiefs

Chiefs Rugby Club and New Zealand Rugby have announced Clayton McMillan as interim head coach of the Gallagher Chiefs for next year’s Investec Super Rugby campaign. Rugby fans can book British And Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

McMillan has signed a one-year contract with New Zealand Rugby to teach the Gallagher Chiefs while head coach Warren Gatland leads British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa.

British And Irish Lions Tour: Clayton McMillan appointed interim head coach for 2021 Gallagher Chiefs
British And Irish Lions Tour: Clayton McMillan appointed interim head coach for 2021 Gallagher Chiefs

Current Maori All Blacks head coach and Bay of Plenty Rugby Union director of rugby, McMillan has been instrumental within the success of Bay of Plenty Rugby Union’s High-Performance program during his tenure with a powerful record including last year’s Miter 10 Cup Championship title.

His coaching ability was recognized in 2017 when has was appointed head coach of the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians side who faced British and Irish Lions during their 2017 tour of latest Zealand and was announced as head coach of the Maori All Blacks that very same year.

Chiefs Rugby Club CEO Michael Collins commended McMillan on his appointment

“We are excited for Clayton to steer the Gallagher Chiefs in 2021. he’s a talented coach and was a stand-out candidate. “He boasts a superb diary of developing players and delivering success.

“Not only during his tenure because of the director of rugby for the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union, but during the Maori All Blacks and New Zealand Provincial Barbarians campaigns. Rugby fans can book British And Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

“Clayton is not any stranger to the Gallagher Chiefs team having already worked alongside assistant coaches Roger Randle and David Hill and variety of the Gallagher Chiefs playing group,” said Collins.

British And Irish Lions Tour: Clayton McMillan appointed interim head coach for 2021 Gallagher Chiefs
British And Irish Lions Tour: Clayton McMillan appointed interim head coach for 2021 Gallagher Chiefs

New Zealand Rugby Head of Professional Rugby Chris Lendrum congratulated McMillan on his appointment. “It’s a singular opportunity and that I am sure Clayton has the mana to figure within the Chiefs environment and still repose on what Gats and his crew are currently achieving.”

McMillan said he was grateful for the prospect to steer the Gallagher Chiefs

“Super Rugby has certainly been a goal of mine; there’s an incredible pool of gifted athletes to figure with alongside an experienced and talented management group.”

“This is great recognition for Clayton. We are delighted for him and proud. He has been an impressive contributor for Bay of Plenty Rugby and therefore the Maori All Blacks.

“It was only getting to be a matter of your time before he was getting to achieve success in gaining an edge at the Gallagher Chiefs or another Super Rugby franchise.”

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