With the Springboks not yet been confirmed to play in the Rugby Championship that will be held in Australia later this year, Springbok coach Nienaber has been given another blow due to injuries.
Shortly after the news that Handre Pollard will not be available after he rupturing his knee ligaments playing for Montpellier, the news broke that another World Cup hero, Lood de Jager is out for the rest of the year.
De Jager injured his shoulder while playing for his English club Sale Sharks in the English Premiership.
At this stage Nienaber is looking at a few players that will struggle to be fit for the Championship if we are actually going to take part in it.
Currently RG Snyman(knee), Eben Etzebeth(ribs) and Pieter-Steph du Toit(knee muscle) seems to be in doubt.
With South African franchises still waiting for the go ahead from Government to start playing, only De Allende, Faf De Klerk, Kolbe and Koch have game time behind them and are match-fit.
The biggest worry for Nienaber will be the fitness of his players going into a Championship against Australia and New Zealand who has finished their local Super Rugby competitions.
The All Blacks and Australia would also have played in three Bledisloe Cup test matches before the start of the Championship, with the Springboks going into the such a series with no game-time at all
It is no wonder their plenty off calls to withdraw from the Championship and play in a local Currie Cup competition that will stretch over the festive season into the new year.
There has also been rumors that Rassie and Jacques are considering to send a bunch of young players to the Championship which will leave the top players playing for their clubs and provinces.
It is a difficult decision because with the Covid-19 pandemic, SA Rugby can not really pull out of the Champions as they need to revenue from the test series.
Time will tell what SA Rugby and the Springbok management team will do at the end but at this stage all we want is to see rugby back in South Africa.