Springboks turn up the heat in Japan


More than 6,000 Kagoshima locals turned out in sweltering temperatures to watch the Springboks train on Monday.

Aled Walters, the Boks’ head of athletic performance, turned up the heat with a morning gym session to precede the afternoon’s sapping effort, following a travel day on Saturday and recovery day on Sunday.

The team will have three more full training days this week before transferring to Tokyo on Saturday for the official World Cup welcoming ceremony.

There has been no reduction in the enthusiasm for the tourists.

On Sunday, local tuna fishermen, mango growers and juice producers presented gifts to the Springbok team to follow the team’s presentation to the city at a Saturday night jazz festival where the local councils sponsored 50kg of beef and 20kg of pork for the team’s stay.

‘The people of Kagoshima have been amazing,’ said Bok captain Siya Kolisi. ‘They have welcomed us with open arms and been so helpful. The reception we received at the airport was beautiful.

‘And the attendance at training was amazing. We are really enjoying our time in Japan and are looking forward to meeting more of the people when we visit schools and have a second open training session this week.’

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