Janse van Rensburg Takes Injured Jesse Kriel’s Place


Jesse Kriel has been replaced by Xerox Golden Lions centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg. Kriel suffered a lower leg injury during the clash with Barbarians at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

The Springbok fullback is now set to return to South Africa while Van Rensburg takes his place.

Information from Springbok management also disclosed that Jamba Ulengo, the Vodacom Blue Bulls wing, will stay on in the Bok camp as possible cover for Ruan Combrinck, JP Pietersen and Willie le Roux.

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As learnt, Pietersen and Le Roux both have niggles which they picked up during club rugby action in England and Japan.

The players were examined by the Springbok medical team when they report for national duty on Sunday afternoon. Combrinck suffered a knock to his lower right leg and is still under review.

Already, the Springboks have moved from The Hilton at Wembley to the Royal Gardens Hotel in Kensington, London. They’ll be in camp there as they look forward to their Test match against England at Twickenham.

However, Cheslin Kolbe, Tian Schoeman, Uzair Cassiem, RG Snyman and Lizo Gqoboka returned home after being part of the Bok squad in the 31-31 draw against the Barbarians.

On the other hand, Janse van Rensburg, Ulengo, Francois Venter, Sergeal Petersen, Roelof Smit and Jean-Luc du Preez are the uncapped players that stayed behind with the Springbok squad for the remainder of the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour.

Also, Willem Alberts, Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana, Elton Jantjies, Steven Kitshoff, Willie le Roux, Vincent Koch, Lionel Mapoe, Franco Mostert, JP Pietersen, and Warren Whiteley are the overseas-based players to join the Springbok squad in London.

The Boks started their preparations for the England clash today with a morning training session at the Latymer Upper School fields.

Commenting on the Springboks and Barbarians’ 31-31 draw, Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee disclosed that he’s happy with the performance his team presented in certain aspects of the match.

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Coetzee indicated that he wasn’t happy with the draw. But then, stated that there were a lot of pleasing aspects to the game.

“The first of that is the way we came back in the last ten to 15 minutes. When you are 11 points behind and you’ve got a young and inexperienced team, it easily could’ve gone the other way. But the players showed great fighting spirit to come back.

“I think (another) pleasing aspect was the fact that we scored five tries, spotting the space and then we got the ball into that space. And we also left a couple of tries out there,” added Coetzee.