#RWC2015 injury list keeps growing

Besides the Boks, injury woes have hit England, Australia and Scotland.

FILE: The Brighton Community Stadium during a Rugby World Cup match in September 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Jan Serfontein has arrived in Newcastle ahead of the Springboks next game at the Rugby World Cup against Scotland on Saturday to replace Jean de Villiers.

Coach Heyneke Meyer will now have to plot the way forward without the inspirational leader who returned home on Tuesday after fracturing his jaw in the win over Samoa last Saturday.

De Villiers is the Springboks only casualty from the 31-man squad who initially travelled to England for the tournament.

Scotland's World Cup plans have also been dealt with a blow with lock Grant Gilchrist tournament ended by a groin injury.

Gilchrist lasted just 19 minutes against USA at the weekend before he was substituted. The extent of his injury was later confirmed as soft tissue damage.

It's a much bleaker picture for Australia coach Michael Cheika, as two of his players are returning home after the first two games.

Just a few days before the Wallabies meet England in a crucial Pool A match at Twickenham, the two-time world champions have lost ball carriers in Will Skelton and Wycliff Palu for the remainder of the competition.

Skelton injured his arm in the win over Uruguay, while Palu suffered a hamstring injury.

Hooker James Hanson will replace Palu while Sam Carter takes the place of lock Skelton.

For England, coach Stuart Lancaster's problems could not get worse.

Having lost to Wales this past weekend, he now also has injury worries.

No.8 Billy Vunipola is the latest Rugby World Cup casualty after he was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a knee injury. He picked up the injury in last Saturday's Pool A defeat to Wales.

Warren Gatland and his Wales team could not have had it worse when it comes to injuries.

Before the tournament even began fullback Leigh Halfpenny and scrumhalf Rhys Webb were on the injury list.

They suffered injuries in warm up games in the lead up to the tournament.

Gatland called up Eli Walker into the squad, but he was then injured in training.

The tournament finally got underway, but Wales injury situation continued.

Scott Williams, Hallam Amos and Cory Allen all found themselves on the long term casualty list.