The Springboks have reassembled ahead of the start of the upcoming Castle Lager Rugby Championship, which kicks off with a doubleheader against New Zealand.

The team began preparations today in Hazyview, Mpumalanga ahead of the opening clash against the All Blacks at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on August 6 before they face off again at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg a week later.

The Boks just recently completed a 2-1 inbound series win over Wales, and a squad of 41 players have already reported for duty at the Sabi River Sun this past weekend to prepare for the two tests at home as well as the three-match tour of Australia and Argentina between 27 August and 17 September.

Assistant coach Mzwandile Stick has explained that this week the team will be looking solely at working on improving from the Welsh inbound series, before shifting focus specifically to New Zealand next week.

“This week our focus will be mainly on where we are as a team and what we need to improve on before the Castle Lager Rugby Championship,” said Stick.

“There are a number of areas that we feel we need to be more effective in going into this competition, and we had a good look at those aspects of our game in our team meetings on Monday and started working on finetuning them.

“We are under no illusions about the challenge ahead against New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. We’ve learned over the years that we will be tested in every Test match, so this week is all about us and improving as a team and we will turn our focus more toward preparing specifically for the New Zealand Test next week.”

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