The SA U20 team arrived in the picturesque Italian city of Venice on Sunday and got straight to work as they prepare for their opening IRB Junior World Championship Pool C game on Friday against Scotland.
The Baby Boks’ had their first training session on Monday, in preparation of their match against Scotland, which takes place in Padova on Friday 10 June 2011.
The South Africans will be aiming to better their overall achievements in the IRB Junior World Championships after finishing third in their last three tournaments in Argentina (2010), Japan (2009) and Wales (2008).
“Lots of effort has gone in over the last few months to ensure that our players received the best preparations and now it’s up to the guys to show the world why rugby is so strong in our country,” said Dawie Theron, (pictured below by Gallo) coach of the SA U20s.
“I am still happy with the way the players have adapted to conditions here in Italy after our 23 hour journey. They looked sharp at the first training session this morning.
“Our focus for the week is Scotland. They’ve played in the Six Nations, and are not going to be easy. They’ve done very well at the line-outs and are also a very consistent team in how they execute their set play. They’ll also be hoping to take us on up front, and it’s going to be exciting to see how we match up to that challenge.
“But ultimately our build up for this week is about how clinical we are in our preparation. We’ve got to be accurate in our execution during training, and hope that that kind of momentum will carry through to our first match which is against Scotland.
“It’s going to be about building momentum for the next three weeks here in Italy. We’ve got a chance of setting that momentum on Friday night, so all effort for now is directed that way.”
Meanwhile BlitzBokke.com noticed the following comments from the Baby Boks camp on the social media networks:
Great weather italy has! summer all over!love it:)
(Craig Barry on FaceBook)
I enjoy (being) in this place (Italy) nice place 2 be…
(Tshotsho Mbovane on FaceBook)
(Siya Kolisi on FaceBook)
Baby Boks skipper Arno Botha posted the following picture on FaceBook after arriving in Italy:
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