Boks expect ‘desert-like’ conditions

Assistant coach Johann van Graan says the Springboks will adapt to the dry conditions in Salta.

The Boks arrived in Argentina late on Monday and immediately started with their preparations on Tuesday in Buenos Aires, where they will be based until Friday in the buildup to the second Rugby Championship Test in Salta.

Van Graan says conditions in Salta will be very different from Nelspruit, where the two teams met over the weekend.

'I know that the conditions there are a lot more dry, almost desert-like,' he said. 'The crowd there is also very vocal in support of their team, and the field is a bit smaller. But, the playing conditions will be the same for both teams and we will adapt to it.'

Bok team doctor Jerome Mampane said he was happy with the overall wellness state of the squad.

'The players rested well from the travelling schedule and they will undertake a couple of recovery activities on Tuesday. Everyone is fine at the moment, ready to resume field training on Wednesday.'

Bok coach Allister Coetzee will name his match 23 at 1pm SA time on Wednesday. The team will have field-training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday in Buenos Aires, before they fly out to Salta on Friday morning.

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