Injury concerns for South Africa in Fortinet Rugby Championship

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World Rugby Player of the Year in 2019 Pieter-Steph du Toit has had surgery on a 'long-term shoulder injury' suffered against the British & Irish Lions.

 

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber would not say how long he expected du Toit to be out.

 

Springbok forwards coach Deon Davids said as well as Duane Vermeulen and Rynhardt Elstadt, the loose forward stocks had been hit by the loss of Marco van Staden who went down with an ankle injury at the end of their 32-12 win over Argentina at the weekend.

 

They had earlier made a late replacement of halfback Herschel Jantjies ahead of the Test.

 

Davids said on Monday, "We're a bit thin in terms of scrum-halves and loose forwards. There are a couple of guys who are struggling there with injuries.

 

"A guy like Jaden Hendrikse came in and had his first cap this weekend, and we also have Jean-Luc [du Preez] in the squad because of injuries to Duane, while Marco got injured in the last minute of the game.

 

 

"There are other loose forwards who are injured, like Rynhardt Elstadt, so all of them are busy with their rehab and they will be ready in the next couple of weeks, when we go on tour for our Tests against Australia and New Zealand," he said.

 

Davids said the coaches were pleased with the way younger players selected against Argentina had stepped up.

 

"We always look for opportunities to broaden the players' experience, and we are happy with how the younger players stepped in.

 

"After winning the Lions series and going into the Rugby Championship, the younger players had to step up to the occasion, and there were big moments that they handled quite well.

 

"So, in general, we are quite happy with how they responded. That said, having assessed the game, there are areas we can improve on, and we'll work on that this week," he said.

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