Springboks call up Van Zyl

Date published: October 3 2016

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 27: Piet van Zyl of the Vodacom Blue Bulls during the Currie Cup match between Cell C Sharks XV and Vodacom Blue Bulls at Growthpoint Kings Park on August  27, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Blue Bulls scrum-half Piet van Zyl has replaced Rudy Paige in the Springbok squad for the Test against the All Blacks after failing to recover from concussion.

Paige was ruled out of action because he was still symptomatic following the concussion he suffered in the victory over the Wallabies on Saturday in Pretoria.

Van Zyl will join the Springboks later on Monday in Durban. He has two Test caps to his name and played for the SA “A” side earlier this year against the England Saxons.

Meanwhile, wing Bryan Habana and centre Jesse Kriel will continue to receive medical treatment following their respective niggles from Saturday’s clash. Habana hurt his thigh while Kriel has a troublesome groin. Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said Habana and Kriel will be given as much time as possible to recover.

Damian de Allende (centre) and Malcolm Marx (hooker) have rejoined the camp in Durban after representing Western Province and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup. Lwazi Mvovo, who was released last week to play for the Sharks, had to undergo an appendix operation last week and has been ruled out of action.

The Springboks started their preparations for the All Blacks clash with a morning session at a La Lucia gymnasium. They will announce their match-23 team on Thursday.

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