• Jannie out, Le Roux cleared

    Jannie du Plessis will miss the clash against Italy while Willie le Roux is available for selection.

    Du Plessis left the field in the Springboks’ 31-28 victory over England last Saturday after injuring his hamstring and knee. He went for scans in Padova on Monday evening.

    ‘Fortunately Jannie’s knee is fine but the scans confirmed our suspicion of a hamstring strain and he will not be able to play against Italy on Saturday,’ said team doctor Craig Roberts.

    Le Roux, who injured his cheek bone against England, also went for scans on Monday evening, but the results were good and he has been cleared of any fractures.

    ‘We’ll manage Willie during training this week but he should be available to face Italy,’ said Roberts.

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