A back injury has ruled Springbok lock Andries Bekker out of the forthcoming Vodacom Tri-Nations Test against Australia at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.
SARU reports that Bekker suffered an acute disc injury towards the end of the Test against the All Blacks in Wellington at the weekend and underwent an MRI scan in the Queensland capital on Monday morning. He has been withdrawn by the medical team and will see a specialist for treatment on his return to South Africa.
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said the injury to Bekker was “unfortunate”.
“It is a setback but we will have to deal with it. That is part of the game. We have to rely on the strength within our squad for the Test. It is a blow for Andries too as he was just coming back from a previous injury.”
Meanwhile, the remainder of the Springbok squad has been cleared for selection for this weekend’s Vodacom Tri-Nations clash – the third in succession for the Springboks.
“As expected there are a few niggles but it is good news for us that we came away from Wellington with just a single serious injury and can assemble a strong line-up for the Brisbane Test.”Tweet