News in Brief
Fitness boost for Springboks
Stormers lock Andries Bekker picked up a foot injury in his side's Super 14 Final loss to the Bulls
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- South Africa have no major injury concerns as they prepare for their Test against Wales in Cardiff next weekend.
Several members of the Springboks' 22 for the Millennium Stadium clash played a part in yesterday's Super 14 final between the Bulls and the Stormers, but all have been passed fit to travel. There are slight concerns over lock Andries Bekker (foot) and centre Juan de Jongh (bruised thigh) but both players are expected to be fit to play in the Boks first Test of 2010.
"All the players are ready to tour," said coach Peter de Villiers. "We have a short and intense week but it's a challenge we are looking forward to. Some of the management team is already in Wales to make sure that everything is in place for us to hit the ground running when we arrive."
- John Mitchell has joined the Lions coaching team for their forthcoming Currie Cup campaign.
The appointment comes as the South African province will be without director of coaching Dick Muir for much of the competition due to his involvement in the Springboks' coaching team during the national side's upcoming Test schedule.
New Zealander Mitchell, currently coach of the Western Force in the Super 14, had been heavily linked with a role at the province and he will now head up a coaching team including forwards coach Johan Ackerman and backs coach Carlos Spencer. But the 46-year-old will return to the Force to take charge of their 2011 Super Rugby campaign.
"After much speculation in the media and public following discussions with John, it gives me great pleasure to confirm that John will be joining us shortly in a coaching consultancy," said Lions' CEO Manie Reyneke.
- Italy claimed the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy with a 36-7 victory over Japan in the tournament final at Slava Stadium in Moscow.
Russia claimed third place with a sudden-death extra time victory over Romania, whilst Uruguay edged out Canada 13-11 to claim fifth. Zimbabwe recorded their first victory of the tournament, over Papua New Guinea, to secure seventh place.