Mostert, Vd Linde add cover for the Boks

2011-07-12 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — World Cup-winning prop CJ van der Linde and uncapped Sharks lock Gerhard Mostert were added as cover to the Springbok squad preparing in Johannesburg for the away leg of the Tri-Nations Series.

A decision on their participation will be taken later in the week.

Van der Linde was called in for further medical assessments on a groin injury that had seen the 69-Test veteran overlooked for inclusion in the Boks’ preliminary World Cup squad.

Mostert, who is leaving the Sharks to join French club Stade Francais, has been added as cover for Johann Muller. The former Sharks captain has been troubled by a hamstring injury.

“We’ve been hard hit by injury in several positions and, although we’ve not made any decisions, we’re preparing for all eventualities,” said Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

“CJ has had medical opinion that says he does not require an operation on his groin injury and we will assess him in training over the next couple of days.

“We have a number of injuries at prop and have very little experienced cover, but we won’t compromise on his well-being if he is not right in our opinion.

“Johann is struggling with the hamstring he injured in Cape Town.

“We’ll continue to monitor him before making a decision on whether he can travel later this week.

“Gerhard Mostert is a player I have long admired and he was in the selectors’ thinking before this group was named,” De Villiers added.

Mostert was included in first Boks training group in 2008 as a relatively unknown 22-year-old, but has been hampered by injuries over the intervening seasons. — Sports Reporter.

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