Springboks: Handre Pollard and Lukhanyo Am ruled out for remainder of Rugby Championship, sent to Leicester Tigers and Sharks

Adam Kyriacou

The Springboks have been dealt a blow after both Handre Pollard and Lukhanyo Am were ruled out for the rest of the Rugby Championship.

Fly-half Pollard and outside centre Am have left the Springboks squad and will now head to their respective club sides for further medical assessments.

The pair sustained knee injuries against the Wallabies in Adelaide last Saturday and have been sent to Leicester and the Sharks to begin rehabilitation.

Jantjies and Du Toit set to return

In other news it is expected that Elton Jantjies (hand) and Pieter-Steph du Toit (knee) will recover from their injuries in time for their last two matches.

South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber has revealed they would not be calling up any replacements for the rest of the Rugby Championship at this stage.

“It’s always unfortunate to lose players in a squad, but this opens the door for other players to step in and showcase what they can do in those positions,” said Nienaber after the unfortunate news about the experienced duo Pollard and Am.

“We will now have 32 players in camp and with Elton expected to recover for the matches against Argentina and players such as Andre (Esterhuizen) and Jesse (Kriel) and Frans (Steyn) all being capable centres, we are well covered.

“Our plan from the outset of the season was to give most of the players in our expanded squad game time as we build towards the Rugby World Cup, and this involved rotating a few players, so we’ll use this opportunity to build our depth.”

Springboks sit bottom of standings

The Springboks currently sit bottom of the 2022 standings after suffering two defeats out of three, with their next clash with the Wallabies this weekend.

Nienaber has named a much-changed side for their fourth round clash in Sydney, with Damian Willemse at 10 and Willie le Roux returning at full-back.

They will be keen to bounce back after suffering a disappointing 25-17 loss in Adelaide last Saturday and know defeat would likely end their title hopes.

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