The powerful forward complained of pain in his shoulder following the Springboks’ 23-23 draw with Australia in Perth last weekend.
And Kriel has consequently returned home to South Africa, with no replacement selected in his place.
A South Africa Rugby Union (SARU) statement read: “Springbok flank Jaco Kriel will return home to South Africa after a shoulder injury has ruled him out of Saturday’s vital Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks in Auckland.
“The industrious flanker complained of a shoulder problem after the drawn match in Perth last Saturday.
— South African Rugby (@Springboks) September 12, 2017
“His condition did not improve since then and he was sent for a scan on Monday afternoon in Auckland.
South Africa also confirmed that prop Wilco Louw has been called into the squad to replace Coenie Oosthuizen, who has a broken arm.
The Springboks have two wins and a draw in this year’s Rugby Championship ahead of the contest in Albany, while the All Blacks are three from three.
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