Cape Town - Springbok captain Jean de
Villiers, Marcell Coetzee and Willie le Roux have all been ruled out of the
return match against Argentina in Buenos Aires next weekend because of
De Villiers fractured his jaw
in the Rugby Championship defeat against the Pumas at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday, which will rule him out for up to four to six
weeks. The Bok captain will be able to continue with the bulk of the training
sessions during this time.
Coetzee suffered a medial
collateral ligament injury to his left knee which will rule him out for
approximately six weeks. The injury is unrelated to the knee injury he suffered
a few weeks ago in Brisbane.
Le Roux sprained his ankle
early in the match against Argentina and will not be considered for the trip to
Buenos Aires. He will undergo scans early in the week to determine the exact
nature of the injury.
Springbok team doctor Craig
Roberts said that players possibly returning from injury, such as Victor
Matfield, Fourie du Preez and JP Pietersen, will be assessed on Monday before a
decision on their availability for next weekend will be taken.
Although Steven Kitshoff, Frans
Malherbe, Willem Alberts, Warren Whiteley and Jan Serfontein were declared fit
to play last week, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer decided to give them an
additional week to recover and they will be considered for selection next week.
Apart from De Villiers,
Coetzee and Le Roux, other injured players who will not be considered for the
trip to Buenos Aires, are Jannie du Plessis, Coenie Oosthuizen, Francois Louw
and Duane Vermeulen.
Morné Steyn has been released
from the squad for the week to be with his wife, who is due to give birth to
their second child on Monday.Frans Steyn, although still recovering from
injury, is on compassionate leave following the passing of his brother and a
decision on when he will rejoin the squad to be assessed will be taken at a