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Meyer worried by Bok injuries

The Springboks squad has serious injury concerns ahead of their clash against the All Blacks on Saturtay.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer during the team announcement in Cape Town on 15 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN


CAPE TOWN - Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has serious injury concerns ahead of this weekend's test with the All Blacks.

At tighthead, he has named Jannie du Plessis to start despite still struggling with a hamstring niggle.

Du Plessis will be given until Friday, but should he fail to recover in time, Pat Cilliers will take his place despite also nursing an injured elbow.

Both Francois Hougaard and Jean de Villiers have also not trained this week, but have been named in the starting 15.

Meyer says he is holding thumbs they will all recover in time.

“I’m a bit worried about the props but I’m positive they’ll recover on time.”

Meyer says whichever tighthead prop recovers in time, will start.

“I’ll have to pick one between Cilliers and du Plessis. You can’t afford to have two guys that are not 100 percent fit, especially against New Zealand. We’ll have to make a call on Friday.”

Meyer says Dean Greyling can have an impact coming off the bench.

“It’s going to be a tough test for Dean. I’ve always felt his best position in the future will be tighthead.”

The two sides will face off in the Rugby Championship in Dunedin on Saturday.

Kickoff is 9:35pm (local time).
 
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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