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Springboks arrive in Toulon after 10.5 hour ferry trip

By Ian Cameron
South Africa's wing Cheslin Kolbe takes selfies with fans after attending a training session in Biguglia near Bastia on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, on August 29, 2023, ahead of the France 2023 Rugby World Cup. (Photo by Pascal POCHARD-CASABIANCA / AFP) (Photo by PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA/AFP via Getty Images)

The Springboks have arrived in Toulon in bullish form following a 10.5 hour ferry trip from the Mediterranean island of Corsica.


Speaking from Toulon, head coach Jacques Nienaber said the side is chomping at the bit to kick off their 2023 Rugby World Cup campaign against Scotland in their opening match of the tournament on Sunday 10 September in Marseille, after what he’s described as a productive one-week island training camp.

“We had a great ferry trip, which was a unique experience for the team, and we are thrilled to finally be in Toulon for the World Cup,” said Nienaber. “It was an overnight trip, so the players managed to get good rest and we are now officially in World Cup mode.

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“We ticked the boxes we wanted to from a training perspective in Corsica and we’ll return to the field raring to go on Tuesday.”

Nienaber added: “It feels surreal to be here. We’ve been working toward this goal for four years and we are now officially one week away from playing our first match.

“There’s a lot of excitement in the group and the team is completely aligned in terms of what we have to do if we want to be successful in France.”

“We said from the outset that we would approach the tournament one match at a time, and the hard work behind the scenes to prepare for the Scotland clash started in Corsica already,” said Nienaber.


“They are ranked fifth in the world, and we know what they are capable of, so it’s vital that we hit the ground running from our first training session.

“Fortunately, the players are used to the heat and humidity after training in these conditions in Corsica, so we are pleased with our preparations and can’t wait to begin the tournament.”



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