South Africa’s coach Jacques Nienaber has taken a not-so-subtle dig at media hacks which have appeared to stir bother for his group.
The build-up to final week’s 36-20 win over Argentina in a Rugby Championship Spherical 5 outing in Buenos Aires was overshadowed by the Elton Jantjies saga and on matchday by allegations of drug abuse.
The South African Rugby Union moved swiftly to squash the rumours that ‘a number of’ Springboks had examined constructive for the usage of illicit medication.
And the weekend earlier than the Springbok camp additionally dismissed strategies of wrongdoing by two members of the squad – Jantjies and group dietician Zeenat Simjee.
The 2 returned dwelling from the Springboks’ camp in Buenos Aires, after there have been reviews that the pair had loved a tryst at two guesthouses within the Nelspruit space previous to South Africa’s Rugby Championship marketing campaign.
A pissed off Nienaber stated the ‘rugby stress’ is one thing the group enjoys.
Nevertheless, the off-field points not a lot.
“The rugby stress is at all times good,” Nienaber informed a media briefing within the build-up to Saturday’s King Park showdown, including: “That’s what you need.
“The opposite stress, for me, is disappointing.
“We all know the reality and we’ve put up an announcement with the reality on it,” he stated of their September 11 media launch that ‘no group protocols had been breached’.
“We’ve at all times stated we’re going to be truthful.
“If there’s off-the-field stuff that we will touch upon that’s truthful, then we’ll achieve this.
“We’ve bought nothing to cover.
“It’s irritating, that [external] noise.”
He stated that no coach ever desires that sort of stress on their group.
“It’s bought nothing to do with rugby.
“We do just like the rugby stress and we like that indisputable fact that [Saturday’s encounter with Los Pumas] is a remaining,” he stated of the Durban decider.
“We like the truth that all 4 groups are nonetheless in it to win it.
“We’re going to have an thrilling weekend of Rugby Championship motion.”
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