17 Jun, 19:25
Ireland pulled clear of hosts Canada with four tries in the closing half hour as they earned a 40-14 victory at the BMO Stadium on Saturday night. Check out some photos from the Toronto tussle.
This large number of players, coupled with an appropriate number of qualified personnel and great facilities particularly at the Bulls, creates a well structured set-up.
South African rugby has a number of professional competitions to offer such as the Currie Cup and Super 14 which has a parallel reserve competition named Vodacom Cup.
Antoine attended three Super 14 games during his visit in three separate stadiums each having a capacity of 50-60.000 seats.
"It was a great trip, I received a warm welcome for everyone and it was interesting to speak with other fitness coaches.
"Although they have a different structure and certainly the weather makes a difference, I did notice that we do a lot of similar training methods and coaching techniques."
Antoine added that any of the South African academies were welcome to the Sportsground to play a game against the Connacht Academy side for a rematch of the 2007 Connacht v South Africa friendly.