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MANLY (Sydney). – Wet and blistering conditions greeted the Springbok rugby
team when it arrived here earlier today from Johannesburg.

The Springboks have set up camp at seaside Manly on the outskirts of Sydney
to prepare for their Mandela Challenge match (first leg) next Saturday
against the Wallabies.

Having completed a pleasant flight from Johannesburg International Airport,
the team stepped into wet and windy conditions when it disembarked in
Sydney.

After clearing customs the team booked in at the Manly Pacific Hotel and the
entire squad of 28 then had a recovery swimming session under the watchful
eye of the fitness and conditioning staff.

Springbok coach Jake White told journalists on arrival that the team will
work extremely hard over the next few days.

“We play Australia three times in succession and we want to push them all
the way in our first game. It’s been quite a while ago now that the
Springboks had managed to record an away victory over a top-ranked rugby
nation. We want to change that. My whole squad is fit and motivated and we
will give it our best shot,” declared White.

That means that both Os du Randt (front row) and Bakkies Botha (lock) will
be considered for the first of two Mandela Challenge matches.

White added that the prospect of tackling the Aussies twice this year on
their home soil was an exciting challenge. “We need to record victories over
the major countries away from home and next weekend’s match will be the
first of two tough such matches against the Aussies.

“But, what really excites me about this team is that we played really good
test rugby against the French and we know we can perform even better. The
challenge will be to actually do it, and it does not come tougher than the
Wallabies on their home turf,” explained White.

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