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Sun Apr 20 12:47:59 SAST 2014

Malherbe to join Bok squad

Sapa | 11 September, 2012 12:070 Comments
Absa Currie Cup: DHL Western Province training session
Western Province prop Frans Malherbe during a training session at the High Performance Centre on August 08, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa
Image by: Carl Fourie / Gallo Images

Western Province prop Frans Malherbe has been called up to the Springbok squad ahead of their Rugby Championship match against New Zealand in Dunedin on Saturday.

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer said in a statement on Tuesday that Malherbe, who effectively replaced suspended lock Eben Etzebeth, had been called up as cover.

“Frans’ call-up is purely precautionary as our two tighthead props on tour are struggling with injuries,” Meyer said.

“Neither Jannie (du Plessis) nor Pat (Cilliers) trained with us on Tuesday, but we’ve decided to give them as much time as needed to regain their fitness.

“Frans has been with us before and he knows our calls and moves.

“He’s still young and has a bright future ahead of him.” 

The SA Rugby Union said Malherbe was due to arrive in Auckland on Wednesday evening.

The squad to face New Zealand will also be named on Wednesday.

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