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Pat Lambie ruled out of third test

Lambie was knocked out by a high tackle early in the first test when Ireland beat the Boks in Cape Town.

FILE: Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie. Picture: EWN/ Anthony Molyneaux.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa flyhalf Pat Lambie will not be available for the third test against Ireland in Port Elizabeth due to concussion, the South African Rugby Union (Saru) said on Sunday.

Lambie was knocked out by a high tackle early in the first test when Ireland beat the Springboks 26-20 in Cape Town, ruling him out of Saturday's second match at Ellis Park which South Africa won 32-26.

"Pat is still experiencing symptoms of concussion and because of that we cannot start the Return to Play Protocol," Saru said in a statement.

Three other South African players will undergo scans on Monday. Loose forwards Duane Vermeulen (elbow) and Warren Whiteley (shoulder) and prop Trevor Nyakane (ankle) are doubtful for the deciding test in the series.

Lock Lood de Jager, ruled out of the second test because of a calf injury, is still undergoing physiotherapy.

Meanwhile, Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw will not be available for the third test against in Port Elizabeth after injuring knee cartilage in the second match against the Springboks on Saturday, according to media reports.

Henshaw, who will need surgery, picked up the injury in the closing stages of the test at Ellis Park.

Ireland secured their first ever win over the Springboks in South Africa on 11 June with a 26-20 victory at Newlands.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt said he was unlikely to bring in a replacement as he has options within the squad to deal with the loss of the 23-year-old.

"There are guys on standby so we can go back to them," Schmidt told Irish media. "To be honest, if we can cover it internally we probably will at this stage.

"It's pretty difficult to get them up to speed and to get them down here is a bit of a mission even."

Henshaw was previously sidelined for six weeks after fracturing his left hand in Connacht's derby victory over Munster late last year.

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