South Africa suffer Oosthuizen blow

Tue, 12 Jun 17:33:00 2012

South Africa prop Coenie Oosthuizen has been ruled out of the rest of the Test series against England with a neck injury.

Heyneke Meyer - 0

The 23-year-old made an impressive debut off the bench in the Springboks' series-opening 22-17 win in Durban on Saturday but now faces up to three months out with a bulging disc.

Dean Greyling had already been called into the squad as cover and will now officially take Oosthuizen's place.

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer (pictured) said: "Coenie has brought a lot of energy to our team and he played a major part in our victory in the first Test, making a big impact when he came on.

"The player's welfare comes first and we decided that it would be best for Coenie to get some proper rest and rehabilitation now.

"Hopefully he'll be back to full fitness soon. He definitely has a role to play in the future."

Team doctor Craig Roberts added: "We will follow a conservative approach with Coenie. He is still a young player and has a long career ahead of him and needs to be managed appropriately."

The news is South Africa's second injury blow after full-back Zane Kirchner was ruled out of the second Test with a knee problem.

Gio Aplon has been added to the squad but Kirchner's place in the side is likely to go to Pat Lambie, who came on as a substitute in Durban.

Reuters

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