Springboks’ wing woes compounded as Cheslin Kolbe sent for ‘medical examination’

Adam Kyriacou
Cheslin Kolbe holding South Africa flag.

Cheslin Kolbe holding South Africa flag.

The Springboks have been struck by a double setback ahead of their opening Test of the year, with Cheslin Kolbe joining Kurt-Lee Arendse on the sidelines.

As reported earlier today, Arendse underwent an operation on Sunday after he suffered a fractured cheekbone whilst he was on duty for the Bulls over the weekend.

That has ruled the Bulls star out of the match with Wales but he remains a possibility to feature against Ireland in the mouth-watering two-Test home series in July.

Kolbe setback

News of Arendse‘s absence for the Twickenham clash has been compounded by an update on double World Cup winner Kolbe, who has been released from the squad.

It’s been confirmed Kolbe has left the Springboks‘ 35-man squad in Pretoria in order to undergo scans on a knee injury, which will no doubt alarm South Africa fans.

Having both Arendse and Kolbe unavailable for the clash on June 22 reduces the Springboks’ firepower out wide as they look to kick-off their season with a triumph.

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Adding to head coach Rassie Erasmus’ headache is the fact the game falls outside the official international window and also clashes with the United Rugby Championship final so South Africa could be without their Bulls contingent if they manage to beat Leinster at Loftus Versfeld in their semi-final this coming weekend.

SA Rugby announced on Monday afternoon that Bulls back-row Celimpilo Gumede has been added to the squad and immediately joined the team’s training session.

The Bulls agreed to release the uncapped Gumede, who attended the last Springbok alignment camp, to join the training squad, despite their upcoming semi-final.

“Celimpilo has been playing impressive rugby this season and we are excited to see how he integrates in the squad and what he has to offer at training,” said Erasmus.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to the Vodacom Bulls for allowing him to join us at short notice, especially at such an important point of their Vodacom URC season.”

Springbok training squad (revised)

Forwards: Phepsi Buthelezi (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Joseph Dweba, Ben-Jason Dixon (both DHL Stormers), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz), Eben Etzebeth (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Neethling Fouche (DHL Stormers), Vincent Koch (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears), Bongi Mbonambi (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Ntuthuko Mchunu (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Salmaan Moerat (DHL Stormers), Franco Mostert (Honda Heat), Ox Nche (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Evan Roos (DHL Stormers), Kwagga Smith (Blu Revs), Andre-Hugo Venter (DHL Stormers), Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers), Celimpilo Gumede (Vodacom Bulls)

Backs: Damian de Allende (Panasonic Wild Knights), Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles), Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins), Aphelele Fassi (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Jordan Hendrikse (Emirates Lions), Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu (DHL Stormers), Ethan Hooker (Hollywoodbets Sharks), Quan Horn (Emirates Lions), Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles), Manie Libbok (DHL Stormers), Makazole Mapimpi, Siya Masuku (both Hollywoodbets Sharks), Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers), Morne van den Berg (Emirates Lions), Edwill van der Merwe (Emirates Lions), Grant Williams (Hollywoodbets Sharks)

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