Bok captain De Villiers in doubt for World Cup

South Africa will play their final Test match before the Rugby World Cup without
regular Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, Marcell Coetzee and Willie le Roux
who will miss the trip to Buenos Aires due to injury.

The Springboks were beaten 25-37 by Argentina in Durban on Saturday and will
now fly to Argentina to take on the Pumas in their final match before they begin
their Rugby World Cup campaign.

De Villiers fractured his jaw in the Rugby Championship defeat against the Pumas
at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday, which will rule him out for up to four
to six weeks which puts him in doubt for the early stages of the Rugby World
Cup.

The Springbok captain will however be able to continue with the bulk of the
training sessions during this time although he will be lacking in match fitness
having played his first Test since November 2014 on Saturday against Argentina.

Coetzee suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee which
will rule him out for approximately six weeks. The injury is unrelated to the
knee injury he suffered a few weeks ago in Brisbane.

Le Roux sprained his ankle early in the match against Argentina and will not
be considered for the trip to Buenos Aires. He will undergo scans early in the
week to determine the exact nature of the injury.

Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts said that players possibly returning from
injury, such as Victor Matfield, Fourie du Preez and JP Pietersen, will be assessed
on Monday before a decision on their availability for next weekend will be taken.

Although Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe, Willem Alberts, Warren Whiteley and
Jan Serfontein were declared fit to play last week, Springbok coach Heyneke
Meyer decided to give them an additional week to recover and they will be considered
for selection next week.

Apart from De Villiers, Coetzee and Le Roux, other injured players who will
not be considered for the trip to Buenos Aires, are Jannie du Plessis, Coenie
Oosthuizen, Francois Louw and Duane Vermeulen.

Morne Steyn has been released from the squad for the week to be with
his wife, who is due to give birth to their second child on Monday.

Frans Steyn, although still recovering from injury, is on compassionate leave
following the passing of his brother and a decision on when he will rejoin the
squad to be assessed will be taken at a later stage.

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