Springboks camp Rassie Erasmus Chasing the Sun

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus. Photo: SA Rugby website

Springboks 2024: Your early look at the squad

With eyes on the 2024 title and beyond, the Springboks start their journey with a Cape Town alignment camp.

Springboks camp Rassie Erasmus Chasing the Sun

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus. Photo: SA Rugby website

Fresh off their Rugby World Cup triumph, the Springboks kick off their 2024 season preparations with a comprehensive alignment camp in Cape Town.

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Rassie Erasmus and his coaching staff will engage in two days of focused strategic planning (March 4th) for the Incoming Series and subsequent Rugby Championship, where the team faces fierce opposition from Ireland and New Zealand.

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A roster of 43 players will also assemble on March 5th for intensive sessions. This group blends World Cup veterans like Ox Nche, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Marco van Staden, and Canan Moodie with those getting their first taste of Springboks rugby, such as Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Quan Horn, Neethling Fouche, and Marnus van der Merwe.

Springboks Build on Experience and New Talent

Rassie Erasmus underscores the camp’s significance in unifying the team’s approach and developing the Springboks’ culture – crucial elements for continued success.

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The mix of experienced and debutant players is carefully designed to leverage veteran knowledge while cultivating rising stars.

Sights on Rugby Championship

The season ahead presents the reigning champions with an array of formidable competitors. An initial away stint includes two high-stakes Tests against Australia, followed by the always-challenging home Tests facing New Zealand.

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Capping off the Rugby Championship schedule, Argentina re-enters the stage with a home-and-away Test series.

Springboks Lay Foundation for Winning

This crucial Cape Town alignment camp marks the initiation of the Springboks’ meticulous plans for 2024 dominance and beyond.

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Thorough coaching sessions and player development lay the groundwork for achieving not only near-term victories but also sustained excellence toward the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

Invited Players:

  • Forwards: Eben Etzebeth, Neethling Fouche, Johan Grobbelaar, Celimpilo Gumede, Cameron Hanekom, Andre-Hugo Venter, Vincent Koch, Elrigh Louw, Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Malcolm Marx, Ntuthuko Mchunu, Salmaan Moerat, Ox Nche, Ruan Nortje, Evan Roos, Kwagga Smith, Gerhard Steenekamp, Marnus van der Merwe, Ruben van Heerden, Marco van Staden, Ruan Venter, Jan-Hendrik Wessels.
  • Backs: Lukhanyo Am, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Faf de Klerk, Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, Suleiman Hartzenberg, Jaden Hendrikse, Jordan Hendrikse, Quan Horn, Herschel Jantjies, Jesse Kriel, Willie le Roux, Manie Libbok, Makazole Mapimpi, Canan Moodie, Sanele Nohamba, Morne van den Berg, Henco van Wyk, Grant Williams, Damian Willemse.