England in SA

Boks call up Aplon, Greyling

2012-06-11 15:59
Gio Aplon (File)
Cape Town - Springboks Gio Aplon and Dean Greyling have been called up to the national squad following injury concerns around Zane Kirchner and Coenie Oosthuizen respectively.

GALLERY: Springboks v England, First Test

GALLERY: Top sporting pics from the past weekend


They will join the Springboks in Johannesburg, where they are currently preparing for the second Test against England at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

Kirchner injured his knee late in the first half of the first Test in Durban, won by 22-17 by South Africa. He did not play in the second half and following a scan to his knee on Monday morning, it was decided that he would not be considered for the second Test and will be re-examined next week.

Oosthuizen experienced some stiffness to his shoulder / neck area on Monday morning and the Springboks’ medical team decided on a cautious approach. He will be sent for a scan in the next 24 hours after which a decision will be made.

Aplon played the last of his 16 Tests as a replacement against Namibia at the Rugby World Cup last year. Both of Greyling’s two Test caps came on the away leg of the Tri-Nations last year, against New Zealand and Australia.

“We are not going to risk any player that is struggling with injuries and it was decided to call in replacements for both Zane and Coenie,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Both Dean and Gio were on our official list of standby players and we’re fortunate that both of them have played Test rugby for South Africa before. They have also been in good form in Vodacom Super Rugby and were two of the unlucky players that did not make the initial 32-man squad.

“They also attended our Planning Camps and should be up to speed with how we want to play. I’m looking forward to welcoming them to the squad.”

Kirchner and Oosthuizen will remain with the squad for the time being, while Greyling and Aplon will link up with the squad as soon as possible.
 

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
133 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

The mid-year internationals are a thing of the past and next up, the Rugby Championship! Who's your money on?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

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