News filtered through last night that Bulls and Springbok eighthman Pierre Spies has injured his finger and will take no part in the Rugby Championship after being ruled out for anything from 8 to 12 weeks.
A SARU media release explained that surgical correction is needed to his finger to prevent any long term damage, and as a result, will sit out the Rugby Championship.
This opens the door for a complete loose trio shuffle ahead of this weekend’s opening Rugby Championship fixture against Argentina in Cape Town, with a fair amount of options available to Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.
Meyer could go for consistency and prevent further disruption by simply replacing Spies with Daniel at the back of the scrum, forming a full Sharks trio of Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts and Daniel. This is highly unlikely as Daniel has always been touted as being too small to fulfil the eighthman role, with a more likely shift to the back of the scrum for Willem Alberts, as Daniel, Jacques Potgieter and Siya Kolisi fight it out to join Marcell Coetzee in the trio.
Further news on the injury front is that Eben Etzebeth took part in training yesterday and is likely to be named in the starting line-up today.Tweet