Pieter-Steph’s pain, Franco’s gain – injury forces a change in Bok squad

You have to feel for Pieter-Steph du Toit. Injuries continue to plague the big Stormers lock. He missed most of the 2014 season with a knee injury while playing for the Sharks. Just as he was making a return to rugby the following year, he injured the same knee. Incredibly, he recovered in time to make the World Cup squad, after his father donated a ligament. Frustratingly, the big man is out again with a hamstring tear which opens the door for the uncapped Lions lock Franco Mostert. – David O’Sullivan

SA Rugby media release

Pieter-Steph du Toit has been withdrawn from the Springbok squad after a scan revealed on Monday that he has suffered a grade two hamstring tear over the weekend, with Franco Mostert being called up as replacement.

Du Toit was sent for a scan on Monday, which confirmed the extent of the injury. He has been ruled out of action for between two and six weeks.

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Mostert, of the Emirates Lions, is set to join the squad on Tuesday in Stellenbosch. He was initially was named in the SA ‘A’ squad for the two-match series against the England Saxons.

Cell C Sharks lock Stephan Lewies, who has one Test cap to his name, will replace Mostert in the SA A squad.

Other players who did not participate in Monday afternoon’s first field session in Stellenbosch were centre Jesse Kriel and prop Trevor Nyakane. Kriel has a bruised sternum and will be managed accordingly during the week, while Nyakane will undergo a scan to his shoulder.

The Springboks have a full training programme on Tuesday, which includes a gym session in the morning as well as two field sessions.

Source: http://www.sarugby.co.za/article.aspx?category=sarugby/springboks&id=3551854

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