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Sat Apr 19 20:09:22 SAST 2014

Injured Ralepelle replaced by Liebenberg in Bok squad

Sapa | 15 August, 2012 11:490 Comments
2012 The Castle Rugby Championship: Springboks training session
Chiliboy Ralepelle during the South African national rugby team training session at Westerford High School on August 13, 2012 in Cape Town
Image by: Ashley Vlotman / Gallo Images

Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle has had to withdraw from the national squad because of a knee injury, the SA Rugby Union (Saru) said on Wednesday.

Ralepelle is the latest addition to a list of injured Springboks, among them Pierre Spies, who pulled out because of an injured ring finger.

The side plays its opening Test of the Rugby Championship on Saturday at Newlands, against Argentina.

Ralepelle, who has played in 21 Tests for the Springboks, injured his knee during a training drill on Tuesday afternoon.

“We assessed him again this morning and he will not be available at least for the first two Tests in The Castle Rugby Championship,” said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts.

Stormers’ hooker Tiaan Liebenberg has replaced Ralepelle in the squad and trained with the team on Wednesday morning in Cape Town.

Liebenberg, who toured with the Springboks at the end of 2007 and played against the Barbarians, had been on the official stand-by list.

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