Springbok lock Flip van der Merwe will miss South Africa's Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand on Saturday after he was suspended for striking an opponent.
Van der Merwe was suspended for one week after he was found guilty of striking Australian winger Joe Tomane with his forearm in a tackle in the Springboks' 28-8 victory at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.
Van der Merwe contravened Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous Tackling, which also constituted a breach of Law 10.4 (a) Striking and has been suspended for one week up to and including 5th October 2013.
The lock was found guilty by a SANZARjudicial hearing on Monday even though he denied that the blow was intentional and due to the way that he showed concern for Tomane at the time of the incident and his previous good disciplinary record he was handed the minimum sanction.
Van der Merwe was sin-binned for the incident by French referee Jerome Garces.
The Springboks have called up Golden Lions lock Franco van der Merwe who has been part of the squad for most of the competition.
"Losing any player, for whatever reasons, is never ideal but Franco knows our structures and plans very well, having been part of the squad since June last year,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.
Franco van der Merwe will join the squad at their base in Johannesburg on Monday.
On the injury front, apart from the normal bumps and bruises, only JJ Engelbrecht (centre) is a slight concern at the moment. He is nursing an injured quad muscle and will be given as much time as he needs to fully recover.
South Africa have to beat the All Blacks by eight points or more and score at least four tries if they are to take the Rugby Championship title from the All Blacks.