Kolisi injury a 'big blow' for Boks

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer says Siya Kolisi's injury is a huge blow to the national team.

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

CAPE TOWN - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer on Monday told Eyewitness News Sport that Siya Kolisi's thumb injury that rules him out for the rest of the season is a 'big blow'.

Kolisi broke his left thumb playing for Western Province against the Lions on Saturday night in the Currie Cup.

Province lost 26-23 to the Lions.

Eyewitness News Sport broke the news to the Springbok coach on his return from Argentina following their 16-16 draw in Mendoza in the Rugby Championship.

"It's obviously very disappointing news. Siya's a great player with a lot of character and he was always part of the plans going forward. I wanted to blend him in and get him in slowly and give him the necessary exposure," said Meyer.

The Bok coach added, "It's a big blow for us, especially being an openside flanker and if you take into consideration how many flankers are injured at the moment," the Bok coach said.

"But he's a great fighter and I just want to wish him all the best and say do his recovery, get his fitness back and he'll definitely play a lot of Test matches for South Africa."

The Springboks name their squad for the Australasian leg of the Rugby Championship on 28 August.