New Springboks coach under fire after creating huge injury risk for star in camp
A squad of 15 South Africa players met up today for a three day training camp in Durban ahead of the upcoming international season.
The players are from teams whose seasons have come to an end already in the United Rugby Championship and in Japan, with another camp starting at the end of the month.
Despite only being one day into the new camp and a new international season, there are some concerns being raised by some fans online, and that is regarding the doors on the team coach being too small. Footage was shared by the Springboks online of the team getting off the bus on Wednesday, and while the backs just squeezed through the doors, the 2 metre Pieter-Steph du Toit basically had to become a contortionist to get out, with his neck at a right angle. Worse still, du Toit is not even the tallest player at the camp currently, as lock Eben Etzebeth is two inches taller.
The legendary lock was not caught on film getting off the bus, and there is not yet any information as to how he managed to escape, or if he did at all. Presumably a crane was needed to lift him out of a sunroof.
With the squad set to increase in size in the future in terms of player numbers and size, something must urgently be done about the doors on the coach. Otherwise players will need to start wearing scrum caps in transit to avoid head injuries while trying to fit through the doors. The 6ft 9in duo of Lood de Jager, who might both feature in Bok camps over the coming months, could end up with some very sore heads.
Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks), Kurt-Lee Arendse (Vodacom Bulls), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz), Thomas du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Jaden Hendrikse, Siya Kolisi (all Cell C Sharks), Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz), Makazole Mapimpi, Bongi Mbonambi (both Cell C Sharks), Canan Moodie (Vodacom Bulls), Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks), Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs), Marco van Staden (Vodacom Bulls), Grant Williams (Cell C Sharks).
Take a look at the latest video from the Boks:
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