JURIE Roux ended media speculation over the nature of the rehabilitation of injured Springboks at a media conference in Wellington yesterday morning.
The SARU CEO explained the player management rationale for what New Zealand media have described as a “secret” camp.
“It’s very simple,” Roux told a packed press conference. “I run a multimillion-rand corporation where my biggest assets are my players. They’re injured so I need to do something to get them ready for the World Cup.
“What do you do with an injured player? You don’t send him to Bali or Mauritius on holiday, you put him into your high-performance centre with the best doctor you can find – the Springbok doctor is here with the Springbok team – and you put him on a programme of rehab to get him back for the World Cup. I don’t understand the conspiracy, I don’t understand the confusion.”
The suggestion was put to Roux that the existence of the Rustenburg camp had been denied. “I’m not denying they’re in Rustenburg,” he said. “I’m denying the fact there is a secret training camp. I’ve got my players being rehabilitated, that’s it.
“I would like all those guys to be un-injured but they’re injured and they’re busy being rehabilitated. I’m not a doctor or a miracle worker.
“I’d like Schalk Burger to be out of the cast on his thumb and to be here; I’d like Andries Bekker not to have undergone an operation yesterday that ended his World Cup; I’d like Duane Vermeulen not to have torn knee ligaments in the Vodacom Super Rugby semi-final; I’d like Gurthrö Steenkamp not to have broken his arm again and I’d like it if we hadn’t had three players go home injured from this tour and a fourth – in Heinrich Brüssow – who still hasn’t completed his rehabilitation even though we hoped he’d feature on this tour.”-SA Rugby.net