The four-day camp brought to an end the series of alignment gatherings, spearheaded by Jacques Nienaber and his coaching staff.

The Springboks are set to resume international duty with two Tests against Georgia in July, followed by the much-anticipated Castle Lager Lions Series, which consists of three Test matches, before they participate in the 2021 Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

Speaking to after the conclusion of the Johannesburg alignment camp, Nienaber said the Bok coaching staff were both satisfied and encouraged by the ongoing progress of the squad preparations.

“This was our last closed alignment camp before we announce the Springbok squad, and I must say the coaching staff are happy with how things are progressing at the moment,” said Nienaber.

“We managed to tick another couple of important preparation boxes with the players.”

While there was specific focus on logistics, commercial and administrative matters during the previous alignment gatherings, the Johannesburg camp drilled purposefully into technical and tactical matters.

“Previously, we gave players some specific items to work on, and it was good to get feedback and identify areas of improvement,” explained Nienaber.

“So, while we didn't go onto the training field, I do feel we made a lot progress in terms of our overall technical and tactical awareness. Of course, nothing beats on-field training and actually playing in Test matches.

“The training camps are now just around the corner and its therefore very pleasing to actually see the momentum in terms of our strategic planning and preparation for the international season,” added Nienaber.

The date for the Springbok squad announcement will be confirmed shortly, inclusive of details of the training camps. Meanwhile, SA Rugby will also announce the kick-off times and venues of the two Tests against Georgia in due course.