Cheslin Kolbe forfait contre le Pays de Galles

Par Willy Billiard
Cheslin Kolbe (Afrique du Sud) lors de la finale de la Coupe du Monde de Rugby France 2023 entre la Nouvelle-Zélande et l'Afrique du Sud au Stade de France, le 28 octobre 2023 à Paris, en France. (Photo par Franco Arland/Getty Images)

Cheslin Kolbe, double vainqueur de la Coupe du monde, est forfait pour le match de l’Afrique du Sud à Twickenham contre le Pays de Galles.

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Kolbe est écarté en raison d’un problème au genou et manquera le match du 22 juin.

L’Afrique du Sud affrontera ensuite l’Irlande dans une série de deux tests, à partir du 6 juillet, et il n’y a qu’une possibilité à ce stade qu’il soit apte pour la première rencontre à Pretoria.

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Kolbe, l’un des ailiers les plus rapides et des finisseurs les plus redoutables au monde, s’est blessé au cours de la saison de la League One japonaise avec son club, le Suntory Sungoliath, basé à Tokyo.

« Après avoir consulté l’équipe médicale (des Springboks) dimanche, il a été libéré lundi pour demander l’avis d’un spécialiste », a déclaré SA Rugby.

« Kolbe est revenu au camp mercredi après-midi pour suivre un programme de rééducation.

« Il fera sa rééducation sous la supervision du staff médical des Boks en vue d’une éventuelle sélection pour le premier test contre l’Irlande. »

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finn 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

What a difference 9 months makes! Last autumn everyone was talking about how important versatile bench players were to SA’s WC win, now we’re back to only wanting specialists? The timing of this turn is pretty odd when you consider that some of the best players on the pitch in the SA/Ireland match were Osbourne (a centre playing out of position at 15), Feinberg-Mngomezulu (a fly-half/centre playing out of position at 15), and Frawley (a utility back). Having specialists across the backline is great, but its not always necessary. Personally I think Frawley is unlikely to displace Crowley as first choice 10, but his ability to play 12 and 15 means he’s pretty much guaranteed to hold down a spot on the bench, and should get a decent amount of minutes either at the end of games or starting when there are injuries. I think Willemse is in a similar boat. Feinberg-Mngomezulu possibly could become a regular starter at 10 for the Springboks, but he might not, given he’d have to displace Libbok and Pollard. I think its best not to put all your eggs in one basket - Osbourne played so well at the weekend that he will hopefully be trusted with the 15 shirt for the autumn at least, but if things hadn’t gone well for him he could have bided his time until an opportunity opened up at centre. Similarly Feinberg-Mngomezulu is likely to get a few opportunities at 15 in the coming months due to le Roux’s age and Willemse’s injury, but given SA don’t have a single centre aged under 30 its likely that opportunities could also open up at 12 if he keeps playing there for Stormers. None of this will discount him from being given gametime at 10 - in the last RWC cycle Rassie gave a start at 10 to Frans Steyn, and even gave de Klerk minutes there off the bench - but it will give him far more opportunities for first team rugby.

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