Springboks sweat over Jasper Wiese as brain fade sending off threatens Ireland series involvement

Jared Wright
Leicester Tigers and Springboks forward Jasper Wiese red-carded in the Premiership.

Leicester Tigers and Springboks forward Jasper Wiese red-carded in the Premiership.

Springboks head coach Rassie Erasmus could be without star number eight Jasper Wiese for the two Test matches against Ireland in July with the forward.

Wiese could miss the two Test matches against Ireland through suspension after he was red carded in his final game for Leicester Tigers.

Wiese red-carded

The powerhouse World Cup winner’s time at Leicester Tigers ended on a low note after referee Karl Dickson gave him his marching orders for a dangerous act at a breakdown.

In the 68th minute of the clash against Exeter Chiefs, Wiese lifted opposing forward Ross Vincent up at a ruck and drove the back-rower into the ground.

After multiple replays, Dickson issued the red card, bringing the Bok loose forward’s outstanding stint at Leicester to a close.

The 28-year-old now faces a nervous wait for the outcome of his disciplinary hearing which could result in him being suspended for the two matches against Ireland.

Wiese was not set to be available for South Africa’s clash against Wales at Twickenham before the Ireland series, so it is unlikely that fixture will be factored into his suspension.

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With Leicester Tigers missing out on the Premiership semi-finals, no scheduled fixtures could be used to fulfil any kind of suspension.

His disciplinary record means that he could be banned beyond the two Tests against Ireland. He received a four-match ban for a ruck offence back in 2021 and a two-game suspension after three yellow cards in the Premiership later that year.

Despite the red card, Leicester Tigers still ended their dissapointing season on a high clinching a 40-22 victory over Exeter Chiefs at Welford Road.

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Earlier this week, Wiese was also named the Tigers’ Players’ Player of the Season award. He played 79 times for Leicester, producing a memorable Man of the Match performance in the 2022 Premiership final.

Potential replacements

Following the retirement of Duane Vermeulen, Wiese looked set to become the Springboks’ first-choice number eight this year, but his suspension will open an opportunity for other contenders.

Stormers’ star Evan Roos now looks set to get an opportunity in the Tests against Ireland, while Kwagga Smith will have recovered from his injury by that stage.

The Bulls duo of Elrigh Louw and Cameron Hanekom have also been involved in the Springboks’ alignment camps this year.

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