Springbok squad members Oupa Mohoje, Malcolm Marx, Lizo Gqoboka, Dillyn Leyds and Courtnall Skosan brought much delight and excitement to the community of Hornlee in Knysna on Thursday afternoon when they visited the area for a coaching clinic.
The Knysna area boasts with a rich rugby tradition, with Springbok Women’s Sevens star Mathrin Simmers as well as Junior Springbok and Vodacom Bulls fullback Warrick Gelant both hailing from this Southern Cape district.
The players demonstrated several passing and tackling techniques, before assisting the youngsters with their drills.
“It was a real privilege for me as a member of the Springbok squad to connect with young kids and members of the community,” Gqoboka said afterwards.
“For us, it is always fantastic to share some of our knowledge and experience with such enthusiastic children. It felt inspiring to be amongst them because they showed so much passion for the game. We could see our visit to their school meant a lot to the community,” explained Gqoboka.
He added: “They gave us such a warm reception and it is amazing to see the pride and the passion for the Springboks wherever we go here in Plettenburg Bay and Knysna.”
According to Skosan, the players had an equally enjoyable time out in the middle of the rugby field with the eager youngsters, who did their best to impress their rugby heroes with their skills.
“Beside the passion and love for the game, you could clearly see a lot of rugby talent out there. The girls and boys were well organised and they received fantastic support from their friends and family from the side of the pitch,” said Skosan. “Our group enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time with the kids and judging by their happy faces, I’m sure they had an unbelievable experience,” said Skosan.
More than 3 000 fans attended the Springboks’ open training session held earlier in the week at the Bitou Rugby Club in Plettenberg Bay.
The Springboks are currently in camp in Plettenberg Bay to prepare for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against France, which kicks off with the first Test on 10 June in Pretoria.
Issued by SA Rugby Communications