Damien Willemse has arrived in Japan as replacement for the injured Jesse Kriel.
Willemse will be used as a utility back by Rassie Erasmus as he can cover 10 and 15.
“Damian would have been more involved with us this year but for injury, but he is familiar with our systems and should have no problem slotting in,” said Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby.
“He has the ability to play in a number of positions in the back division, while other players can cover Jesse’s No 13 jersey.
“I feel for Jesse. He has been in the match-day 23 for almost every match since I took over and is a model professional. He was a key member of the squad.”
You think @Springboks captain Siya Kolisi is excited to see Damian WIllemse? 💚🤗
With the unfortunate news of Jesse Kriel being ruled out of #RWC2019, the versatile back-line player has arrived in Japan and met up with the rest of the squad.#StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/auAuQtG8lD
— SuperSport 🏉🏆 (@SuperSportTV) October 3, 2019