Williams called up to Springbok squad

Grant Williams will join the Springbok squad in Nelson Mandela Bay on Monday as scrumhalf cover for the next stage of the Rugby Championship, following the withdrawal of Jaden Hendrikse due to a leg fracture.

Hendrikse was stretchered off the field after seven minutes of action off the replacements bench following a tackle in the team’s 29-10 victory over Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this past Saturday, and has been ruled out of the remainder of the competition.

Williams, who has made a strong statement on the field for the Sharks, joins Faf de Klerk, Herschel Jantjies and Cobus Reinach as the scrumhalves in the squad.

De Klerk and Jantjies were both on the injury list over the past two weeks but are on track recovering from a leg strain and hip-pointer niggle, respectively, and will be available for selection for the Tests against Australia and New Zealand.

The Springboks, who will enjoy some time off for the next few days to freshen up mentally and physically following a jam-packed schedule over the past two-and-a-half months, will remain in Nelson Mandela Bay until Sanzaar announces where the remaining Rugby Championship fixtures will be hosted.

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