De Jongh, Burger out of Bok tour

Schalk Burger and Juan de Jongh have been withdrawn from the Springbok squad as a result of injuries suffered in Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup final.

The pair were scanned in Johannesburg on Monday morning and were immediately ruled out of the tour.

Burger has a broken rib while De Jongh suffered a hairline fracture to his left ankle. Experienced centre Adi Jacobs – who had been called up as a precaution – has been drafted into the tour squad as a replacement for De Jongh.

Burger is replaced by the uncapped Deon Stegmann of the Vodacom Blue Bulls while his teammate Zane Kirchner has also been added to squad to restore the party to 30.

“It’s a blow to lose players but we’ve rolled with the punch and already moved on,” said Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

”We trained without them this morning and we already had contingency plans in mind which we’ve begun to put into operation. It’s not an ideal situation but we’ve all got on with our jobs and are focused only on the players that we have in camp.”

Meanwhile Jean de Villiers (groin), Willem Alberts (calf) and Chiliboy Ralepelle (flu) took no part in either of the Springboks’ two field sessions on Monday. The Springbok team for the test against Ireland will now be named on Thursday due to the injury disruptions.

“We’ll give the players some more time in rehab before we confirm the team,” said De Villiers. “We have the line-up in mind but want to make sure everyone’s OK before makin the announcement.

The latest withdrawals take to 13 the number of players who have been forced out of the tour by injury. They are: John Smit, Jaque Fourie, Wynand Olivier, Andries Bekker, Fourie du Preez, Heinrich Brüssow, JP Pietersen, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Butch James, BJ Botha, Ricky Januarie, Schalk Burger and Juan de Jongh.

The Springboks’ fixtures are:

November 6 v Ireland (Dublin)

November 13 v Wales (Cardiff)

November 20 v Scotland (Edinburgh)

November 27 v England (Twickenham)

December 4 v Barbarians (Twickenham)


Revised Tour Squad (in alphabetical order. * Indicates new cap)

Backs

Name Province

Age

Caps

Gio Aplon Vodacom Western Province

28

9

Bjorn Basson Vodacom Blue Bulls

23

2

Jean de Villiers Vodacom Western Province

29

63

Francois Hougaard Vodacom Blue Bulls

22

5

Bryan Habana Vodacom Western Province

27

66

Adi Jacobs The Sharks

30

30

*Elton Jantjies Xerox Golden Lions

20

0

Zane Kirchner Vodacom Blue Bulls

26

10

*Patrick Lambie The Sharks

20

0

*Lwazi Mvovo The Sharks

24

0

Ruan Pienaar Ulster, N Ireland

26

43

Frans Steyn Racing Metro, France

23

39

Morne Steyn Vodacom Blue Bulls

26

21

Forwards

Name Province

Age

Caps

*Willem Alberts The Sharks

26

0

Bakkies Botha Vodacom Blue Bulls

31

68

*Keegan Daniel The Sharks

25

0

Bismarck du Plessis The Sharks

26

32

Jannie du Plessis The Sharks

28

20

Alistair Hargreaves The Sharks

24

2

Ryan Kankowski The Sharks

25

16

Victor Matfield (captain) Vodacom Blue Bulls

33

101

Tendai Mtawarira The Sharks

25

22

*Coenie Oosthuizen Vodacom Cheetahs

21

0

Chiliboy Ralepelle Vodacom Blue Bulls

24

17

Juan Smith Vodacom Cheetahs

29

65

Pierre Spies Vodacom Blue Bulls

25

37

*Deon Stegmann Vodacom Blue Bulls

24

0

Adriaan Strauss Vodacom Cheetahs

24

7

CJ van der Linde Vodacom Cheetahs

30

65

Flip van der Merwe Vodacom Blue Bulls

25

6

29 Comments on De Jongh, Burger out of Bok tour

  1. Real test for our perceived depth.
    I won’t even mention our perceived coaching expertise.

    But they will hide behind all the injuires
    and save their arses.

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  2. Apparently Schalk played most the second half with a broken rib…

    Adi hasn’t played 80mins in two seasons…

    Betfair paying $2.60 for an Irish win… great odds…

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  3. 365:

    François Steyn, the young Springbok playing for in France and chosen for the Springboks’ November tour will not join his team till after the Ireland Test.

    I suppose that confirms it.

    How did your side do?

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  4. Reply to Boertjie @ 4:34 pm:

    Got thumped by a better side on the day. 61-13 sad I am proud of the boys but Donau are just at the next level at the moment.
    The pace of the game was just too much for us but we gave it our all and that is all I can ask of the guys. Will learn and up the ante for the future.

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  5. Reply to JT @ 4:19 pm:

    No way Jose… Habana has already failed once at 13 against the Irish… and Mvovu is not even close to a test wing yet… nor S14 wing… but there might not be a choice…

    JDV is tipped to make it back from injury and there is Aplon to add to that list… so it might look like the above with JDV at 12 and Aplon on the other wing with Basson…

    Or a roughie would be RP, Steyn, JDV… ag fok… who knows… and now Betfair have dropped the odds a little lower… :wink:

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  6. Will probably look like the following (with some miracles needed off the bench with niggles/lack of game-time taken into account)…

    Hougaard
    Habana
    JDV
    Adi
    Aplon
    Kirchner

    RP
    Lambie
    Basson

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  7. Wow

    I slice half my pointing finger off and when I get back from hospital Slak is so hurt by Lambie handing him off that he pulls out of the tour…

    Incredible…

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  8. Zane Kirchner for De Jongh

    Kak swop

    Is nobody else concerned that we’re short on a MIDFIELD against arguably the best midfield partnership in the world…

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