Beast coming home, Malherbe called up

November 12, 2012
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Springbok prop Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira will return to South Africa on Monday following a decision that it would be in the player’s best interests not to continue with the tour.

This follows Mtawarira’s withdrawal from last Saturday’s Test against Ireland as a precautionary measure, after he had a recurrence of mild heart palpitations that morning.

“We’ve consulted with Beast and his cardiologist in Durban and although it’s safe for him to play, we decided it would be best for him to return home and rest,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“The player’s welfare is the most important consideration at this stage.”

Mtawarira, who travelled with the rest of the squad to Edinburgh on Sunday, had an irregular heart rhythm, according to Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts. The condition is hereditary.

“He has had this several times before and it’s always been managed accordingly,” said Roberts.

“This condition is not life threatening, but needs to be managed properly which is why we thought it would be in Beast’s best interest to return to South Africa.

“He needs to have a repeat of the minor procedure he had in Cape Town earlier this year and it’s important to notice that he is not at risk by playing with it, and his career is not in jeopardy.”

A decision on a replacement for Mtawarira will be taken in due course.

Latest development; Frans Malherbe called up

DHL Western Province prop Frans Malherbe will join the Springbok squad in Edinburgh in the place of Tendai Mtawarira.

The decision to bring in Malherbe, who is a tighthead prop, was taken as Jannie du Plessis has a mild ankle sprain he sustained in the Test victory over Ireland last Saturday.

Gurthrö Steenkamp should be available for selection this weekend after missing the Ireland Test due to injury. CJ van der Linde and Heinke van der Merwe can also be used at loosehead, while Du Plessis, Malherbe, Van der Linde and Pat Cilliers are all options at tighthead.

The 21-year-old Malherbe will join the Springboks on Wednesday in Edinburgh, where they are preparing for Saturday’s Test against Scotland at Murrayfield.

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11 Comments

  1. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    November 12th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I sincerely hope Guthro is fit again…

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    November 12th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 12:40 pm:

    And that applies to JDP the unsung hero of this year’s test team… and if he is I’d still give him a bench spot for a breather before England…

  3. avatar Morné says:
    November 12th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    If Gurthro is not 100%, JC will be flown out.

  4. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    November 12th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 1:15 pm:

    JC?

  5. avatar Morné says:
    November 12th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 1:35 pm:

    JC Janse van Rensburg.

    But its not the case as you can see above.

  6. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    November 12th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 1:40 pm:

    Would have thought Kitschoff might be in the mix… wasn’t he in the extended training squad this year… jeez props dropping like flies…

  7. avatar Morné says:
    November 12th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 1:44 pm:

    Seems they are content with the loosehead cover there. Jannie’s injury a bit of a concern.

  8. avatar Craven says:
    November 13th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Rather rest Jannie for this test. Pat can start and CJ can cover tighthead from the bench. No use in maybe aggravating Jannie’s condition.

  9. avatar Craven says:
    November 13th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I do realise Heyneke do not want to disrupt this team to much, but the backline setup is not working. I personally would drop Hougaard to the bench, but what is the use if the wings do not see the ball in a backline move anyway?

    Would love to see Mapoe get a run, with de Jongh at centre and Taute at the back. But making too many changes is probably not a good thing.

  10. avatar Golden Earring says:
    November 13th, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I recon JC must have dropped the P bomb on Meyer or someone at SARU, as that is the only reason why he is not selected.

    He is by far the best #1 in SA!

  11. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    November 13th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Reply to Craven @ 8:30 am:

    Yep… not rocket-science… minimal back-line changes as the majority of the team still needs game-time together if they want to beat the ascending Pom team…

    JDJ for Taute, Taute for Kirchner, Mvovu for Hougaard (personally I’d not do this one)… and Hougaard, Jantjies, Kirchner on the bench…

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