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    South Africa captain Warren Whiteley has been ruled out of their end-of-year tour of Europe after doctors said his groin injury would take two more months to heal.

    Eben Etzebeth will lead the Springboks in his absence in tests against Ireland, France, Italy and Wales in November and December, SA Rugby said on Thursday.

    Whiteley was injured in the build-up to the last Test against France in June’s three-match series and missed the entire Rugby Championship.

    He had been initially expected to return for the final games of the annual southern hemisphere championship, but is now set to be fit before the start of the next year’s Super Rugby season in February.

    South Africa will also have to do without French-based loose forward Duane Vermeulen, who is still recovering from surgery on a groin injury, and the Lions duo of flanker Jaco Kriel and wing Ruan Combrinck, who both underwent shoulder surgery in recent weeks.

    Stormers prop Frans Malherbe, who has a long-term neck injury, is also out.

    Prop Coenie Oosthuizen, who suffered a fractured arm against Australia in Perth at the beginning of September, is available, as is No.8 Uzair Cassiem, who sustained a rib injury against the Wallabies two weeks ago in Bloemfontein.

    The Springboks squad will be confirmed on October 29, the day after the Currie Cup final brings the domestic season to a close.

    South Africa take on Ireland in Dublin on November 11, then France in Paris one week later, followed by Italy in Padova on November 25 and Wales in Cardiff on December 2.

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    • Roar Guru

      October 14th 2017 @ 1:12am
      Harry Jones said | October 14th 2017 @ 1:12am | ! Report

      Pity.

      But that’s rugby.

      Would love to see Kitshoff-Marx-Louw start in the front row, with Beast becoming the impact loosehead at 65:00 and just let it rip, and try young Tank du Toit as the last quarter TH.

      Got to win scrum battle against Ireland. Kitshoff-Marx-Louw is one of the biggest and strongest front rows in world rugby.

    • October 14th 2017 @ 1:56am
      superba said | October 14th 2017 @ 1:56am | ! Report

      Absolutely Harry .
      And with Etz and Lood behind them the Boks will have a tight 5 to be reckoned with .

    • October 15th 2017 @ 5:53pm
      DavSA said | October 15th 2017 @ 5:53pm | ! Report

      Whiteley was missed this RC and in the Superugby final. Boks felt it particularly at lineout time and with on field decision making.

      • October 16th 2017 @ 7:15pm
        Cuw said | October 16th 2017 @ 7:15pm | ! Report

        WW , FLOW and Thor will be the ideal 3rd row from current lot ; with Kriel or Kolisi off bench.

        but will never happen

        • October 18th 2017 @ 12:31am
          DavSA said | October 18th 2017 @ 12:31am | ! Report

          No Cuw , sadly not. But hey we can always hope.

        • Roar Guru

          October 18th 2017 @ 1:23am
          Harry Jones said | October 18th 2017 @ 1:23am | ! Report

          @Cuw, I would love to see Thor at blindside, with JL du Preez his understudy. If we have Kriel or Flo at openside (Kriel against all teams except NZ/OZ) and WW at 8, I think we win the BD and LO every time. But Kolisi is now in that “can’t drop him because….” category.

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