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More injury concerns for Springboks

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South Africa have again been hit with injury concerns ahead of their three home matches in the Tri-Nations series. Their newly called up flyhalf Andre Pretorius who did not tour Australia and New Zealand with a groin injury was unable to finish a training session on Monday because of shin splints.

Although South Africa were thrashed 49-0 by Australia in Brisbane they improved to lose 20-18 to Australia a few weeks later. The improvement has coach Jake White confident that home wins will come his teams way.

“You’ve got to be confident. The reality is we have a very proud record at home and we’ve beaten both New Zealand and Australia here in the last year,” he said.

“Of course it will be a challenge, because we have a couple of injuries and we can’t put our ideal team out on the field.

“But the players had a very hard session today and dealing with injuries is the nature of what we do in rugby. I’m sure we’ll be fine going forward.

Lock Danie Rossouw was also forced to sit out the session.

“Both those players will undergo MRI scans on Tuesday and then we will know how to manage their injuries,” said Springbok coach Jake White.

“At least I had 26 of the 28-man squad training properly, but the players are still not where I want them to be conditioning-wise.”

South Africa’s next fixture is against New Zealand on the 26 August. They then play New Zealand again in Rustenburg on 2 September.

Their final match of the Tri nations is at Ellis Park Johannesburg on the 9th of September.

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