South Africa have been forced to call-up a replacement player into their World Cup squad following a tournament ending injury to prop Trevor Nyakane.
Thomas du Toit was en route from France to Nagoya, Japan, on Monday after being called up as an injury replacement to the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad.
A statement provided by South Africa Rugby didn’t disclose exactly how long Nyakane will be out of action for.
Du Toit, who was on a short-term loan to Top 14 club Toulouse, was on standby and had been involved in preparations right up until the team’s departure for Japan.
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“It’s very tough on Trevor,” said South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus.
“He has had a great season and added value whenever he took the field. It’s a blow to him and the team, but it’s also an opportunity for Thomas and for Vincent [Koch] who now have the chance to step up.”
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The Springboks continue their Rugby World Cup campaign against African neighbours Namibia at Toyota Stadium in Toyota on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 6:45pm local time.
– With South Africa Rugby
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