While the Springboks appear to be in pretty good shape, injury-wise, after Saturday’s opening encounter in Durban, the English have taken some casualties.
Fullback Mike Brown has been forced out of the tour after dislocating a thumb – in the process of attempting to stop Jean de Villiers’ try – and will return to the UK for treatment. His place in the tour party will be taken by Bath’s 25-year-old Nick Abendanon, who (as luck would have it) is already in Joburg, having just attended Pieter Dixon’s wedding. Abendanon is no stranger to South Africa, having earned his first test cap in the Republic in 2007; what’s more, he was actually born in Johannesburg too!
Centre Brad Barritt has also been ruled out of at least the second test. The former Sharks man sustained a lacerated eyeball, which required minor surgery to correct on Sunday morning. He is recuperating at home in Durban, but hopes to be able to join up with the tour party early next week and come into consideration for the third test, in Port Elizabeth.Tweet