Springboks touch down in Edinburgh
September 24, 1999
The Springboks have arrived in Scotland to continue the build up towards the defence of their title
It's only ten months since the South Africans were last in Scotland, winning the test against the Scots 35-10, but coach Nick Mallett believes a lot has changed since then.
"Scotland improved and went on to win the Five Nations with a great set of performances. The hardest game in our group will be against Scotland. I would have preferred if we had been playing Scotland last in the group matches. But then again, playing easy Tests against Italy this year did not do us much good in the Tri-series so maybe it is as well that we play Scotland first."
The Springboks coach hopes that some key players will be fully fit in time for the big kick off. "Henry (Honiball)(pictured) was being treated at Plettenburg Bay for an ankle problem but he's raring to go,'' said Mallett. "As for Bobby Skinstad, he is not able to do more than two or three hard training sessions in succession. We have to be a bit careful with him."
"We still have a lot of work to do. Each squad member will have a different workout."
South Africa will train at Goldenacre, home of Scottish champions Heriot's FP.