South Africa winger Makazole Mapimpi ruled out of clash against New Zealand

Makazole Mapimpi has played four Tests for South Africa
Makazole Mapimpi has played four Tests for South Africa
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South Africa will miss the services of winger Makazole Mapimpi for the upcoming round of the Rugby Championship clash against New Zealand following a knee injury.

The 28-year-old sustained the blow during the 34th minute of the game against Australia at Suncorp Stadium which Rassie Erasmus' side went on to lose 23-18.

Springboks head coach Rassie Erasmus confirmed that Mapimpi will head back to South Africa for treatment and also revealed that no replacement has been added to the squad.

"We have a squad of 30 players here in Wellington and we're not going to call up a replacement," Erasmus said.

"Makazole flew back today (Monday) and if we call up someone in his place, he will only arrive here on Wednesday and have one training session with us.

"We have Cheslin Kolbe with us who played a full second half last Saturday on the wing, but we have some other options as well such as Jesse Kriel and even Lukhanyo Am, who has played some rugby out on the wing.

"We will try and pick the most experienced side for this match, with the least amount of changes."

South Africa are currently positioned second in the ongoing Rugby Championship table with six points from three games.

 

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