Rugby

Baby Boks call up KZN hooker

2012-06-13 17:14
Franco Marais (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron has called up KZN hooker Franco Marais to replace Jason Thomas in his squad for the remainder of the IRB Junior World Championship 2012.

Thomas picked up a head injury in his side’s 28-15 win over England on Tuesday night and was forced to leave the field.

He had to spend the night in hospital and was operated on Wednesday to repair a fractured bone in his face, ruling him out for six weeks and thus out of the tournament.

Marais has been training with the squad during their holding camp just before the tournament and Theron expects him to slot in seamlessly.

“Franco just missed out on selection for our final group as he was recovering from an ankle injury, so I am very happy for him to get a chance to join the squad again and be a part of the tournament. We obviously feel for Jason and wish him a speedy recovery. He is one of the favourite players in our team environment and we will miss him.”

Marais was very happy to join the team on Wednesday.
“I picked up my injury against the Argentinians a couple of weeks ago and thought my dream of playing in the tournament was gone. I could hardly believe it when I received the call from coach Dawie to join up with them again. I feel for Jason, but hope to use this chance to the best of my abilities,” Marais said.

Theron also confirmed the continued medical evaluation of regular captain and flanker Wiaan Liebenberg and flyhalf Tony Jantjies, who withdrew shortly before the England clash due to a wrist strain and a sore knee respectively.

“Our medical team is handling their progress with care. Wiaan will undergo another scan on Friday and we hope Tony will be good to go soonest. We’re not replacing them in the squad for now and will be guided by our medical team in this regard.”

Th Baby Boks clash with Argentina on Sunday in the semi-finals.
 

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

FIve-way battle for SARU Rugby Player of the Year. Who gets your vote?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.