A third Lions player, centre Jaco Pretorius, has had his Super 14 rugby tour of Australasia cut short by an injury.
Hennie Brandt reports for Beeld that Pretorius will return to South Africa on Wednesday after suffering a groin injury against the Waratahs last week.
The Lions, who face the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday, have already sent two players home. Centre Justin St Jerry was concussed, and lock Anton van Zyl injured a calf muscle.
Lions coach Eugene Eloff said on Tuesday he would not call for a replacement for Pretorius.
Eloff’s men wind up their tour with a match against the Hurricanes in Wellington on May 3. So far, they have lost to the Highlanders, the Crusaders and the Waratahs.
Pretorius missed the match against the Crusaders but returned last week, only to be injured again. Jannie Boshoff will now partner Walter Venter in midfield against the Brumbies.
This will enable Doppies la Grange to take a break.
Venter made his Super 14 debut earlier this season when La Grange was unavailable after suffering a hamstring injury.
The newcomer grabbed the opportunity and made a favourable impression at inside centre, defending well and crossing the gain line on some strong runs.
One of the problems that the Lions have been unable to solve is at flyhalf, where Jaco van Schalkwyk has not shown the authority expected at this level.
Eloff can probably consider Rudi Vogt at No 10 but the versatile player still has an eye infection.
The other flyhalf option is equally versatile Earl Rose, who has replaced St Jerry. It will be no surprise, however, if Eloff includes Rose at fullback and move Louis Ludik to the right wing to replace Dusty Noble.Tweet