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Another Bok out of World Cup

NEWS: The Springboks suffered another big injury setback with the World Cup quarterfinals just around the corner.

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After South Africa’s 49-18 win over Tonga on Sunday, it was revealed that wing Makazole Mapimpi suffered a fractured cheekbone.

Mapimpi was involved in a head-on-head collision with Tonga scrumhalf Augustine Pulu in the first half, which forced him to leave the field.

The 33-year-old will still need to go for scans, but he will likely play no further part in the tournament.

Nienaber confirmed the injury setback.

“Makazole has unfortunately had a blow-out fracture of his cheekbone,” the coach said of Mapimpi’s injury.

“He’ll go for specialist scans on Monday to determine the full extent of the injury.”

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The Boks already lost hooker Malcolm Marx earlier in the tournament when he suffered a long-term knee injury in training.

Marx was eventually replaced by flyhalf Handre Pollard who started in the win over Tonga.

There was no confirmation of a replacement, but the name of centre Lukhanyo Am was mentioned in the grapevines.

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