Tue, 04 Aug 2020

, the dual former Springbok and SA Sevens player and now renowned, globetrotting specialist kicking consultant.

All going well, and as Europe gradually emerges from lockdown, Cilliers will hook up with Les Bleus' slow-building training cause in early August.

"Not everyone can afford to send their kids to university, either," reminds Cilliers sharply.

"Even a quite large suburban garden - if you are lucky enough to have that much - isn't enough to be able to work on your place-kicking," he says.

Whether for pro or amateur, younger or older player, an area known for the rare devotion and even obsessiveness of its practitioners has been especially savagely curtailed for weeks and months now.

"Look, it's one way of working, of making you feel you're not giving up, and you don't quite lose the feel of contact on the ball, or completely lose your rhythm and timing.

"But this has been different: this hasn't just been the usual three or four weeks or thereabouts of complete rest and inactivity.

Cilliers says South African place-kickers are likely to also be required, at least initially, to have to do so in unfamiliar, spectator-free environments when competitive action eventually resumes.

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