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Jean doubtful for Samoa

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 18 Jun 2013 at 09:00
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Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer will have his hand forced in terms of changes for the test against Samoa this weekend.

The most worrying injury is to Jean de Villiers who seems set to miss the match. This would require not only a midfield shuffle but also a change in captaincy. De Villiers has a sternoclavicular joint and second rib injury.

Coach Meyer has said that no player will be played if they are not 100% fit to play, which might rule out de Villiers. One of two players look set to take de Villiers’ place, Juan de Jongh being fit again to play and Robert Ebersohn being the other centre in the squad. The captaincy will in all likelihood fall to Adriaan Strauss, which would mean another stint off the bench for Bismarck du Plessis.

The Springboks have already lost the services of Arno Botha, for which no replacement has been called up. Other concerns at this stage are Pierre Spies and Jannie du Plessis, who both have cuts to the face, and Eben Etzebeth who complained of discomfort in his AC joint. Willem Alberts is also still struggling with a side strain. None of these players took part in training on Monday.

Alberts is expected to return to the team for this weekend’s match, whether it be in the starting team or on the bench.


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