South African rugby team coach Heyneke Meyer said it was great to finally be in Eastbourne as they arrived last night to prepare for their first match of the Rugby World.
The Springboks are at the Grand Hotel and will stay in Eastbourne for a week. They will use the training facilities at the Eastbourne College and the University of Brighton ahead of their opening match against Japan at the AMEX Stadium on September 19.
Meyer said, “It is great to finally be here after most of the talk of the last year centred around the Rugby World Cup.
“We’ve been working incredibly hard for this and I can see the players are ready. They’ve spent the last month sweating on the training field and in the gym and can’t wait to get going.
Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, who will be playing in his third Rugby World Cup, echoed Meyer’s comments. “The rugby is obviously the main thing, but it’s also important to enjoy this special tournament as it only comes around once every four years,” said De Villiers.
“We’ll be seeing parts of England we’ve never been to and the players are very excited to experience new things and new places. We must not lose sight of our ultimate goal though, and that is to go all the way.”
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