South Africa 31.5.2018 09:20 pm

Springboks hit the road running in Washington

The Springbok tour squad arrive at the airport in Washington, DC, 31 May 2018. Picture: ANA

The Springbok tour squad arrive at the airport in Washington, DC, 31 May 2018. Picture: ANA

The Springbok tour group arrived in Washington DC, this morning and immediately began their preparations for Saturday’s Test against Wales.

The once-off international in the United States capital kicks off a busy month for the South Africans, who also clash with England over the course of three successive weeks.

The Springboks’ travelling party of 26 players and management staff arrived in Washington DC at 7am local time, and the players went straight into their recovery exercises at the RFK Stadium after checking into their hotel.

Aled Walters, the Springboks’ Head of Athletic Performance, put the 26-man group through various mobility and movement drills to ensure the players’ bodies recuperate sufficiently after travelling to the US from South Africa.

After lunch and a short resting period, the Springbok squad headed over to the nearby Trinity University where they conducted an open training session, which was witnessed by a group of enthusiastic local supporters.

Pieter-Steph du Toit will captain the Springboks for the first time on Saturday when he leads the South African side – sporting seven new caps and a further six uncapped players on the bench – into battle against Wales.

African News Agency (ANA)

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