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Central contracting has benefited All Blacks - De Villiers

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says the All Blacks have benefited by centrally contracting their...

Springbok captain John Smit and coach Peter de Villiers during a training session in Cape Town on 7 July 2011. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says the All Blacks have benefited by centrally contracting their players.

There have been talks about South African rugby going the same route, as it ensures the national team is prioritised.

De Villiers says New Zealand have managed their All Blacks better this year.

"But I do also think they've got a system in place that we don't have," he said. "Unless we start with central contracting, I think then we can start comparing apples with apples."

Meanwhile, the Springboks called up a few Tygerberg club players to join them for their training session in Cape Town.

Tygerberg back Frank Wagenstroom said the second-string players are looking sharp.

"I think these guys are ready for what's coming their way, especially now with the Tri-Nations. I think the spirit is still good even with all the injuries and stuff," he said. "I can feel the vibe, it's good to be amongst these guys…"

The team has been enjoying some loyal support at the training sessions from dozens of local community members.

One fan watching from the sidelines at Florida Park in Ravensmead said, "I'm not like the All Blacks guys; they like to support a winning

team. They don't like to support a losing team. I'll stand by, even if

they lose I'll stand by my team," he said.

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