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Springboks bolster defensive coaching before World clash

AFP, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa have added Jacques Nienaber to the coaching staff ahead of two home Tri-Nations Tests and their rugby World Cup title defense in New Zealand.

A South African Rugby Union statement said 38-year-old defense expert Nienaber had been freed by Western Province to assist the Springboks as a consultant on a short-term basis without specifying how long.

The move has been expected for some time as South Africa try to plug defensive gaps that saw the world champions concede five tries in Australia and six in New Zealand during the away leg of the Tri-Nations championship.

Nienaber has enjoyed considerable success with the Western Stormers (Super Rugby) and Western Province (Currie Cup) as they conceded the fewest tries in these competitions during the past two seasons.

Nienaber is the second member of the Western Province backroom staff after director of coaching Johan “Rassie” Erasmus to join South Africa coach Peter de Villiers and assistant coaches Dick Muir (backs) and Gary Gold (forwards).

The Springboks begin the home leg of the Tri-Nations campaign on Saturday against Australia at Kings Park in Durban, before moving west along the coast to tackle World Cup favorites the All Black on Aug. 20 in Port Elizabeth.

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