Cape Town - Springbok prop Julian Redelinghuys will not travel with the
27-man Springbok squad to Argentina after the front ranker was on Sunday ruled
out of action for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.
He suffered the injury in Saturday’s 30-23 Springbok win
over the Pumas in Nelspruit. Redelinghuys will continue with his rehabilitation
at the Emirates Lions.
“Losing Julian is a massive blow to us because it comes at
a time when he is playing really good rugby. Vincent Koch extremely did well
when he came on a replacement, and Julian’s injury now presents him with an
ideal opportunity,” said Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.
Prop Lourens Adriaanse,
who joined the squad last week, is included in the tour squad along with Trevor
Nyakane, Malcolm Marx, Franco Mostert and Morné Steyn.
Francois Hougaard will continue with his knee treatment and will not travel to
Argentina when the squad leaves on Monday morning from Johannesburg.
The Springboks kicked
off their Castle Lager Rugby Championship campaign with a 30-23 victory over
the Pumas on Saturday. The two sides now meet for the second successive week,
this time in Salta in Argentina.
Coetzee said he was
glad for the winning start but cautions that his side will face a stiff
challenge against the Puma on their home soil.
“The players showed
great resilience on Saturday, they stayed calm and stuck to the plan,
especially in the last ten minutes. We continue to work and focus on our team
cohesion and we know the challenge we will face in Argentina,” said Coetzee.
The South Africans
arrive on Monday evening in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires where they will
resume their match preparations before heading to Salta on Friday.
The Springbok squad
Lourens Adriaanse (Sharks), Ruan Combrinck (Lions), Damian de Allende
(Stormers), Lood de Jager (Cheetahs), Juan de Jongh (Stormers), Faf de Klerk
(Lions), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers), Eben Etzebeth (Stormers), Johan
Goosen (Racing), Bryan Habana (Toulon), Elton Jantjies (Lions), Steven Kitshoff
(Bordeaux), Vincent Kock (Stomers/Pumas), Jaco Kriel (Lions), Jesse Kriel
(Bulls), Francois Louw (Bath), Malcom Marx (Lions), Bongi Mbonambi (Stormers),
Oupa Mohoje (Cheetahs), Franco Mostert (Lions), Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks),
Trevor Nyakane (Bulls), Rudy Paige (Bulls), Morne Steyn (Stade Francais),
Adriaan Strauss (Bulls), Warren Whiteley (Lions).