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Injuries could unsettle Boks


After a bruising encounter against France, the Springboks were dealt a mixed bag in terms of injuries. Powerful lock forward Eben Etzebeth looks set to return to action after joining the squad in full training ahead of the Scotland Clash at Murrayfield, but Warren Whitley is doubtful.

The Stormers man, having missed out on the France Test thanks to a foot injury sustained against England, looks ready to return to the squad and will more than likely slot straight back into the starting line up.

However, Lions captain Whitley looks like he may miss out this weekend’s Test with a calf injury.

“Warren has a calf injury and I would say he is doubtful for Saturday,” said Erasmus. “Vincent Koch and Frans Malherbe both have some bumps and we will be cautious with them, but I think they will be fit to play.”

It is not the worst injury threat to hit the Springboks as Etzebeth could quite easily take his place next to Franco Mostert in place of Pieter-Steph du Toit who has been sensational as a No 7 flank in the last few games.

Whiteley’s absence could see Du Toit return to No 7, and Duane Vermeulen take his usual No 8 role alongside Siya Kolisi for a damaging lose trio combination.

Coach Rassie Erasmus added that the Springboks can brace themselves for a very tough match against Scotland. The rampant Scots beat Fiji 54-17 at home over the weekend.

“Gregor Townsend (Scotland coach) is someone I’ve coached against during my time with Munster,” said Erasmus. “I know how he coaches and his style of coaching. His teams are always very fit and organised in all facets of the game. There’s a lot of Glasgow players in their team and that’s why I know it’s going to be tough on Saturday at Murrayfield.”