Meyer warns Boks of Pumas

Heyneke Meyer predicted this year’s southern hemisphere championship would likely be the toughest yet.

Sprinbok Coach Heyneke Meyer. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa began preparations on Monday for the four-nation Rugby Championship with a clear warning from Coach Heyneke Meyer to underestimate opening opponents Argentina at their peril.

Meyer predicted this year's southern hemisphere championship would likely be the toughest yet, starting with the two tests against Argentina this month.

"The biggest mistake we can make at the moment is to look past the two games against Argentina and towards New Zealand and Australia. "Argentina have a new coach and have caught up, they've been in camp for a month now," warned Meyer.

The Boks play Argentina at home then away before going to Australia and New Zealand in September and then hosting their two traditional Antipodean rivals culminating with the match against the All Blacks at Ellis Park on 4 October.

"I'm honest when I say this will be the toughest Rugby Championship of all the previous ones we've been involved in. I believe Australia had a lot of injuries last year and suddenly now they've hit form. They've had two teams in the (Super Rugby) playoffs and it was a tight game between them," Meyer said.

The Springbok coach named a 30-man squad on Saturday for the Championship which he said would be a good barometer of how his side would perform at next year's World Cup hosted by England.