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The Boks arrive in Brisbane

The squad of 31 players and its management flew from Johannesburg via Sydney on Monday.

FILE: The national rugby team's first training session is on Tuesday.Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG -The Springboks arrived in Brisbane late on Monday after travelling in two groups to the capital city of Queensland, where they will face the Wallabies in the opening round of a condensed Castle Lager Rugby Championship on Saturday.

The Springbok medical team will make sure every member of the travelling squad is fit and raring to go before the first training session on Tuesday.

"We've usually travelled to Australia on a bye weekend, giving us one extra day to prepare, but we don't have it this year and we'll have to make sure we hit the ground running on Tuesday," said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

Following Saturday's win against the World XV, Meyer says the challenge this week is to improve on certain aspects of the game and to fine tune others.

"We need to make a big step-up against the Wallabies. It will be a very high tempo game and proper Test match rugby against one of the top sides of the world".

The Springboks have won only three out of 23 matches against the Wallabies in Australia, drawing one and losing 18.

"They are tough opponents. They had two teams in the semi-finals of Vodacom Super Rugby this year, which probably points to more depth in their structures, but I saw since the day we got together a passion and excitement amongst our players to make our country proud."

Meyer will name his match-23 to play in the Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday.