De Jongh ruled out of Incoming Series

By admin
13 June 2014

The Springboks have lost their fifth centre in the past month, after Juan de Jongh has been ruled out following a severe chest infection. The Boks are set to play Wales on Saturday.

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Springbok centre Juan de Jongh has been ruled out of the Incoming Series this month following a severe chest infection, the SA Rugby Union (Saru) announced on Friday.

De Jongh was hospitalised for four nights after being admitted on Sunday evening, where he was treated for pneumonia and discharged on Thursday morning.

South Africa take on Wales in Durban on Saturday, in the first of their three-Test series.

Springbok team doctor, Craig Roberts, said the decision to withdraw the Stormers midfielder was in consultation with specialists and with the player's own wellbeing in mind.

"Juan has responded well to the intravenous antibiotics he's received in hospital and we'd like to thank the hospital and its staff," Roberts said.

"Unfortunately this infection really takes a severe toll on the body and although he has recovered sufficiently, he has been advised not to participate in vigorous physical activity for the next three to four weeks, which is why we've decided to rather send him home to Cape Town."

Earlier this week, fellow centre Francois Steyn was released from the Springbok squad at his own request, after advising Saru officials that he did not wish to be considered for the Incoming series.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said the loss of De Jongh was a massive setback.

"Juan is the fifth centre we've lost in the last month and his versatility in the midfield will be missed," said Meyer.

"I've spoken to Juan and we wanted to give him a run during this series, as he's been in great form for the Stormers. At this stage he needs to focus on getting better and returning to the playing field, and I'm sure he will bounce back strongly."

Meyer added that a decision on De Jongh's replacement would be announced at a later stage.

De Jongh is the latest addition to a long list of injured players who were not available for selection this month, or ruled out because of injury.

The others are; Springbok captain Jean de Villiers (knee), Damian de Allende (knee) Eben Etzebeth (foot), Jaque Fourie (ankle), Pat Lambie (bicep), Frans Malherbe (concussion), Scarra Ntubeni (foot), Frik Kirsten (neck), Pieter-Steph du Toit (knee), Franco van der Merwe (ankle), Arno Botha (knee), Pierre Spies (bicep), Louis Schreuder (hand) and Gio Aplon (elbow).

- SAPA

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