Alberts out, Whiteley in for Springboks’ tour

August 28, 2014
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Willem Alberts has been ruled out of the Springboks’ Castle Lager Rugby Championship tour to Australia and New Zealand and will be replaced in the 30-man squad by Warren Whiteley.

Alberts missed both Test victories against Argentina because of a hamstring injury and he underwent a fitness test on Thursday afternoon. Although his hamstring is recovering well, he experienced some nerve irritation in his lower back and was sent for scans.

“Willem requires further investigation of the symptoms and will see a number of specialists to determine the optimal management plan to get him back performing on the field as soon as possible,” said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts

Whiteley, who toured with the Springboks to Argentina last week, will join the team in Johannesburg on Friday morning.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said that although Juan Smith was on standby, the player requested more time to work on his match fitness.

“Juan has very high standards and he wasn’t happy with his performance in Salta,” said Meyer.

“Warren really impressed me last week, he’s been playing very well and it made sense to get him back in. Like Willem, he is very effective with ball in hand and also a great option at the back of the lineout.

“More importantly, Warren is a natural No 8, which is a position where we need cover, but he can play flank as well.”

The Springboks play Australia in Perth next Saturday (6 September, kick-off 12h05 SA time) and take on New Zealand in Wellington the weekend thereafter (13 September, kick-off 09h35 SA time).

The squad will prepare in Johannesburg before their departure to Western Australia on Saturday.

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6 Comments

  1. avatar Americano says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Good Alberts needs to make sure the hammies are handled.
    Let’s see what WW can do!
    Have not seen him much.

  2. avatar Craven says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Great for Warren, hopefully he will do more this time than carry tackle bags.

    Let’s think out of the box for a moment, how about a loose trio consisting of 6. Louw, 7. Vermeulen, 8. Whiteley?

    Duane is more of a like for like replacement for Willem as he tends to get some nice go forward and can take guys back in the tackle. Have Marcel on the bench.

  3. avatar Craven says:
    August 29th, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Kudos to Juan for making a decision like that, shows a hell of a lot of maturity to admit when you are not up to standard. Some of the other stars might want to take a leaf out of Juan’s book.

  4. avatar cab says:
    August 30th, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Just as well they playing in Perth cos I suspect with Matfield whitely Strauss and jan dup in the pack, the Boks would get a klap from the wallabies and be massacred by the ABs

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    August 30th, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I think we read to much into the test against the Argies

  6. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 31st, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Boks badly need a form,ball-carrying behemoth at 7… that player is currently Jacques Potgieter and watching from the stands!

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