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Injury Woes For Springboks Ahead Of Ireland Tests

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Jean De Villiers of South Africa is stunned following defeat in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan at the Brighton Community Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

South Africa have suffered a setback in their preparations for the upcoming test match series against Ireland next month with the news that experienced flanker Schalk Burger is set to miss the series through injury.

Having played through an injured ankle sustained midway through the Stormers match against the Bulls last weekend, the aftermath has shown that the knock is worse than originally thought with the 86-timed capped Springbok ruled out for the next four-to-five weeks.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 27: Schalk Burger of South Africa looks on during The Rugby Championship match between the South African Springboks and the Australian Wallabies at Newlands Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Thus ruling him out of the Stormers crucial Super Rugby tie against the Cheetahs this weekend but more importantly from Alaistair Coetzee’s point of view out of South Africa’s preparations for the visit of Ireland.

There have been doubts regarding Burger’s international future following last years World Cup, however club coach Robbie Fleck believes that the World Cup winner still has the desire to play for the Springboks (sport24.co.za):

“I think he’s always got those Springbok ambitions.”

“He’s a quality Springbok and he approaches every week like he wants to play for the Springboks. I think the injury is a blow.”

To make matters worse for Coetzee, or add insult to injury so to speak, in-form out-half Elton Jantjies is in a race against time to be fit for next month as it has been confirmed that the Lions player is to undergo surgery on a fractured left hand thus ruling him out for the next three to four weeks.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 19: Elton Jantjies of Lions during the Super Rugby match between Emirates Lions and Toyota Cheetahs at Emirates Airline Park on March 19, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Jantjies has been in flying form for Lions thus far in the Super Rugby season and was considered to be a shoe-in for the number ten shirt.

While Jantjies will be aiming for a return for the third test in Port Elizabeth, this news will come as a major blow to Coetzee who already has to make due without incumbent Handre Pollard with Sharks pivot Pat Lambie expected to fill-in at ten for the Ireland test having himself only recently returned from injury.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.