Bakkies could miss World Cup opener

2011-09-06 07:20

Lock Bakkies Botha could miss the Springboks’ opening match of the rugby World Cup against Wales on Sunday because of an Achilles injury, South Africa’s communications manager, Andy Colquhoun, has confirmed.

“At the moment, 29 players in the squad are fine and the only doubt for the weekend is Bakkies Botha, who has got Achilles tendinosis, which is a chronic problem that is being managed,” Colquhoun said.

Botha, along with wing Bryan Habana, fellow second rowers Victor Matfield and Danie Rossouw were seen training separately from their team-mates earlier this week.

Colquhoun, however, made it clear that Botha was the only player who was currently out of the reckoning.

“Everybody else is rehabbing and is due for selection.”

Should Botha not recover in time, Rossouw will in all likelihood be promoted to the run-on team.

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