Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
3 Oct 2016
3:08 pm

Van Zyl replaces Paige in Springbok squad

Rudolph Jacobs

Van Zyl has two Test caps to his name and played for the SA 'A' side earlier this year against the England Saxons.

FILE PICTURE: Piet van Zyl. Picture: Steve Haag/Gallo Images.

Piet van Zyl was on Monday named as replacement for Springbok scrumhalf Rudy Paige, who was ruled out of action because he was still symptomatic following the concussion he suffered in the victory over the Wallabies on Saturday in Pretoria.

Van Zyl, who plays for the Vodacom Blue Bulls, will join the Springboks later on Monday in Durban. He has two Test caps to his name and played for the SA “A” side earlier this year against the England Saxons.

Meanwhile, wing Bryan Habana and centre Jesse Kriel will continue to receive medical treatment following their respective niggles from Saturday’s clash. Habana hurt his thigh while Kriel has a troublesome groin. Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said Habana and Kriel would be given as much time as possible to recover.

Damian de Allende (centre) and Malcolm Marx (hooker) have rejoined the camp in Durban after representing the DHL Western Province and Xerox Golden Lions in the Currie Cup. Unfortunately Lwazi Mvovo, who was released last week to play for the Cell C Sharks, had to undergo an appendix operation last week and has been ruled out of action.

The Springboks started their preparations for the All Blacks clash with a morning session at a La Lucia gymnasium. They will announce their match-23 team on Thursday.