South African fans would have had their hearts in their mouths as Junior Bok flanker Jean-Luc du Preez was stretchered from the field, after appearing to have been knocked out cold early on against New Zealand on Friday morning. Du Preez’s team mates went on to record a famous victory against the “Baby Blacks” to set up almost guaranteed participation in the semi-final of the IRB Junior World Championship.
The good news is that, after being taken straight to hospital for precautionary scans, the big du Preez was cleared of any serious injury and may thus remain with the team. It’s perhaps unlikely that he’ll be considered to play against Samoa in the final pool game, but he should probably be back in the frame when the knock-outs come around.
The news is less good for hooker Malcolm Marx, who has had to return home after suffering a knee injury in training. He’s been replaced by the Blue Bulls’ Arno van Wyk.
Junior Springbok management has confirmed that both Andre Esterhuizen and Jacques Vermeulen are fit for selection against Samoa, having missed out against New Zealand due to knocks sustained in the opening game.Tweet