Springbok prop Julian Redelinghuys is unlikely to feature again in South Africa’s Rugby Championship campaign as he has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.
Redelinghuys suffered the injury in the Springbok’s last gasp 30-23 victory over the Pumas in Nelspruit.
“Losing Julian is a massive blow to us because it comes at a time when he is playing really good rugby. Vincent Koch extremely did well when he came on a replacement, and Julian’s injury now presents him with an ideal opportunity,” said Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.
Prop Lourens Adriaanse, who joined the squad last week, is included in the tour squad along with Trevor Nyakane, Malcolm Marx, Franco Mostert and Morné Steyn.
Meanwhile, scrumhalf Francois Hougaard will continue with his knee treatment and will not travel to Argentina when the squad leaves on Monday morning from Johannesburg.
The Springboks kicked off their Rugby Championship campaign with a 30-23 victory over the Pumas on Saturday. The two sides now meet for the second successive week, this time in Salta in Argentina.
Coetzee said he was glad for the winning start but cautions that his side will face a stiff challenge against the Puma on their home soil.
“The players showed great resilience on Saturday, they stayed calm and stuck to the plan, especially in the last ten minutes. We continue to work and focus on our team cohesion and we know the challenge we will face in Argentina,” said Coetzee.
The South Africans arrive on Monday evening in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires where they will resume their match preparations before heading to Salta on Friday.