Springboks fitness coach to leave for UK club

Aled Walters is credited with laying the platform for the Springboks Rugby World Cup win with his detailed approach to training and conditioning.

Springboks fitness coach to leave for UK club

Springboks’ Head of Athletic Performance since 2018 Aled Walters has been coaxed away by an as yet unannounced club in the United Kingdom.

Walters is credited with laying the platform for the Springboks Rugby World Cup win with his detailed approach to training and conditioning.

Springbok fitness guru goes home

Part of Rassie Erasmus’ technical team at Munster, Walters was brought in when the Director of Rugby stepped in to coach the Springboks after the axing of Allister Coetzee. 

Erasmus paid tribute to the important contribution Walters has made during his tenure of two years with the Springboks.

“It’s obviously sad to lose someone of Aled’s ability, but we understand that the unprecedented times we are in, brings about difficult challenges and we respect his wish to return to the UK,” said Erasmus.

“Aled has made an enormous impact since joining the Springboks in 2018 and I know that while the whole squad will be sad to see him go, he will also have our very best wishes for the future.”

Walters says that he has enjoyed his time with the Springboks and revealed that his move back to the UK was motivated by personal reasons.

“My tenure with the Springboks can be described as some of the best times I’ve had in rugby, but these are uncertain times and the wish to be closer to families based in Wales and Ireland was a key consideration in making what was a very hard decision,” said Walters.

In the past conditioning had been highlighted as the Springboks greatest weakness but at the Rugby World Cup, no side came close to matching Rassie Erasmus’ team for intensity.

In an interview in January, Walters told SA Rugby Magazine, that he hadn’t set out to change things in the Springbok set-up but had sought to implement his own fitness philosophy.

“It’s hard for me to comment on what happened previously,” Walters said. 

“We certainly didn’t try to fix anything from a conditioning point of view. I trusted my philosophy, and trusted that how we would train would ensure we’d perform at a good level.”

Walters replacement

SA Rugby have said that a replacement for Walters will be named in due course. 

Strength and conditioning expert Timothy Qumbu is rumoured to be leading the race to replace Walters. The University of the Free State graduate has worked with the Junior Springboks, Springbok Women and Women’s Sevens teams in the past.

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