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Boks count the cost of epic win

INJURY UPDATE: Springbok assistant coach Deon Davids revealed that Damian Willemse is likely to miss South Africa’s Test against Scotland at the Murrayfield on Saturday.


Willemse left the field in the match against Wales after just 14 minutes due to a head knock.

The 23-year-old did not return to the game, after he failed a Head Injury Assessment.

He was replaced by two-time World Cup-winning veteran Francois Steyn, who produced an incredible performance that helped the Boks secure the 23-18 win at Cardiff.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Springboks assistant coach Davids confirmed that Willemse sustained a concussion and will most likely not take to the field this Saturday.

“Willemse may be in doubt for this weekend, as he has to go through the seven-day protocol,” Davids said.

“Other than him, everybody is available and training.”


Davids added: “Part of the plan coming into this tour was looking at giving guys an opportunity to gain experience and build some depth in key positions.

“It was a chance for Damian. Unfortunately, it did not work out for him as he got injured.

“However, we know he is a talented guy and he will bounce back. Hopefully, things will work out for him going forward.”

* In more positive team news, Davids revealed that wing Sibusiso Nkosi rejoined the squad and is up for selection this week.


The wing missed last weekend’s match in Cardiff as a result of complications with his visa application.

“Nkosi joined the team on Sunday and will train with the squad from today [Monfay].

“Obviously we will assess the situation regarding his fitness and will make a decision accordingly,”

The Springboks will name their team to face Scotland on Tuesday.


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