Cape Town - Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie was on Sunday ruled out of the third Castle Lager Incoming Series Test match against Ireland as a result of the concussion he suffered in the first meeting between the two teams in Cape Town eight days ago.
Lambie suffered concussion following a collision with the Irish flank CJ Stander, who received a red card for the incident and a subsequent one week suspension.
The Bok flyhalf was sent home last Sunday for a weeklong mandatory rest according to the World Rugby Return to Play Protocol, ruling him out of the second Test which the Boks won 32-26 yesterday in Johannesburg.
“Pat is still experiencing symptoms of concussion and because of that we cannot start the Return to Play Protocol. As a result of that he will unfortunately not be available for selection,” explained Springbok team doctor Konrad von Hagen.
Three players who suffered injuries in Johannesburg were assessed with the rest of the players before the squad’s departure to Port Elizabeth in the early afternoon.
The two No 8’s, Duane Vermeulen and Warren Whiteley, sustained elbow and shoulder injuries respectively while prop Trevor Nyakane received a knock on the ankle.
“Duane, Trevor and Warren will undergo further scans on Monday in order to determine the extent of their injuries,” added the team doctor.
Lock Lood de Jager, who sat out the Johannesburg match because of a calf strain, is undergoing physiotherapy at the moment and a decision on his availability will be made later in the week.
The Springboks will start their preparations for next Saturday’s series decider with an open training session on Monday afternoon at the Zwide Rugby Club, starting at 15:00.