SARU on Monday completed an extensive review of the international season to date in conjunction with Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.
All aspects of onfield and off-field performance were examined by a committee chaired by Mr James Stoffberg, chairman of SARU’s rugby committee and vice president of SARU.
The committee received reports from De Villiers on issues that had been discussed with SARU leadership at two previous meetings since the ending of the Vodacom Tri-Nations season.
“The committee’s focus was very much on examining areas where we can assist the Springbok team and coach in making sure they arrive at the field in the best possible state of preparation,” said Mr Stoffberg.
“We reviewed the season to date and have discussed options for assisting the team in those preparations.”
Mr Stoffberg said that the focus was now on selecting and preparing a Springbok squad for the end-of-year tour under the guidance of the current management.
“It was a frank meeting but a positive one,” said Mr Stoffberg. “The results of the Springbok team are of paramount importance to our organisation and everyone in the room was committed to providing the team with the best conditions in which to succeed.”
De Villiers said: “It was a very helpful process as we have thoroughly reviewed all our systems. We know there are areas in which we must improve and we will be focusing on those in the remainder of the season.”
The Springboks are next in action against Ireland in Dublin on November 6, 2010
Issued by SARU Communications