The Springboks have called up Danie Rossouw and Frans Steyn following injuries to Bakkies Botha and Jaque Fourie, both of whom were forced to leave the field in Saturday’s Test against Argentina in Johannesburg. But there is also an injury cloud over the replacements as both Rossouw, playing for the Blue Bulls against the Lions, and Frans Steyn, playing for the Sharks against Western Province were forced to leave the field. Botha suffered a knee cruciate ligament injury but will not require surgery. Instead the injury will be managed on an extensive rehabilitation programme over the next six weeks.
News 24 reports that Fourie suffered a fractured cheekbone after coming on as a second-half substitute and will undergo surgery on Wednesday or Thursday.
The Springbok selectors have gambled by calling up Rossouw and Steyn, although both would be regarded as automatic choices. However, there are injury concerns for both players after their Currie Cup outings on Friday night.
Taken to hospital
Steyn was substituted in the second half of the Sharks’ game against Western Province at Newlands because of a lame hamstring.
Rossouw was taken to hospital after playing for the Bulls against the Lions because of irregular breathing. He was discharged from hospital on Saturday morning after doctors were satisfied with the state of his health.
Saru’s national teams manager Andy Marinos, said Rossouw and Steyn would not be training with the squad at Monday afternoon’s work-out at Florida Park, in Ravensmead.
The Bok selectors have also considered the claims of Sharks’ skipper Johann Muller but he too picked up an injury at Newlands on Friday.
Rossouw’s versatility offers the Boks far more options because the Bulls lock is equally at home at eighthman or on the flank, and as such can be a useful acquisition on the substitutes’ bench.
Botha’s injury opens the door for Western Province lock Andries Bekker to be named as Victor Matfield’s backrow partner for Saturday’s crucial Test against the All Blacks on Saturday at Newlands.
SA Rugby’s medical update
Bakkies Botha: Following the match against the Pumas on Saturday, Bakkies went for a scan where it was confirmed that he ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament. He was seen by an orthopaedic specialist who advised that we adopt a conservative management of this injury and as such the player will not undergo an operation but will commence immediately with rehabilitation.
He has, however, been ruled out for the rest of the Vodacom Tri-Nations competition and the majority of the Absa Currie Cup. We are hopeful that he will be fit again for selection for the end of the year tour to Europe.
Jaque Fourie: Following a clash of heads between Jacque and the Argentinean left wing, a ST scan revealed a fracture to the right cheekbone. This is a depressed fracture which will require surgery this week. Following his operation, Jaque will then be out of action for 6 weeks.
Danie Rossouw: Following his match against the Xerox Lions on Friday he spent the night in hospital where was examined and cleared by a specialist (cardiologist). Our medical team will manage him accordingly today (Monday) and we expect him to take part in full training tomorrow.
Francois Steyn: Frans suffered a contusion (hematoma) to his quad in the Absa Currie Cup fixture for the Sharks against Western Province team on Friday at Newlands. As a result he will not participate in the field session this afternoon.
Squad Update: Wing Bryan Habana and flank Schalk Burger are fit again and will be considered for selection after they were rested against Argentina as a matter of precaution.Tweet