Springboks sweat on Duane Vermeulen’s health as Rassie Erasmus says Marcell Coetzee may nonetheless function vs Lions

Duane Vermeulen limped out of the Bulls’ victory over home rivals the Stormers on Friday evening having injured his ankle; Marcell Coetzee was omitted from South Africa’s 46-man squad introduced on Saturday however Rassie Erasmus says the previous Ulster again row could but function

Final Up to date: 05/06/21 8:12pm

Duane Vermeulen was a part of the South Africa workforce that received the 2019 World Cup

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has expressed concern over the health of No 8 Duane Vermeulen forward of the British & Irish Lions sequence, however believes the steadiness of the squad is best than when the Springboks received the World Cup.

Vermeulen limped out of the Bulls’ victory over home rivals the Stormers on Friday evening having injured his ankle, and his absence can be a significant blow given his energy in the back of the scrum and energy on defence.

“Duane is an enormous fear for us. He’s going for scans on Monday,” Erasmus advised reporters when the Boks introduced their 46-man choice on Saturday.

“We are going to hold the squad as is till we now have the total medical report on all people. There’s a lot that may occur, we had some accidents this weekend.”

Former Ulster unfastened ahead Marcell Coetzee was not named within the South Africa squad, however Erasmus stated he’s a doable substitute ought to Vermeulen be pressured out.

“Marcell is within the body, however he had not performed for 9 weeks earlier than yesterday,” he stated. “We need to see him at his finest.”

Marcell Coetzee has played 30 Tests for the Springboks

Marcell Coetzee has performed 30 Assessments for the Springboks

The Boks retained 30 of their 33 gamers from the World Cup triumph in Japan, with solely the retired trio of prop Tendai Mtawarira, hooker Schalk Brits and loose-forward Francois Louw not within the combine.

However Erasmus says the addition of eight uncapped gamers, with an extended season that additionally consists of two Assessments in opposition to Georgia previous the Lions, the Rugby Championship and the Autumn internationals, has given the squad a greater steadiness than once they lifted the World Cup in Japan in 2019.

“We need to mix a mixture of expertise and people guys who’re on type, and this squad represents that. Clearly we are going to all the time differ [in opinion] over just a few positions, however I believe the squad has a greater steadiness now.

“Definitely higher than on the World Cup with the kids coming in.”

The expanded squad will first be in motion in two warm-up Assessments in opposition to Georgia on July 2 and 9, earlier than they face the Lions on three consecutive Saturdays from July 24.

The South Africa ‘A’ facet to face the Lions on July 14 will even be chosen from this squad.

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