Boks focused on Ireland game


The Springboks arrived in Dublin on Sunday for their first End of Year Tour match against Ireland, this coming weekend. The South African team will be facing the Irish as well as England, Italy and Wales in this year’s four match tour.

Lock, Eben Etzebeth, will join the Boks on Tuesday, as he opted to stay behind due to a family matter.

Scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar will undergo a fitness test on Monday to determine whether he will participate in the match this weekend, after injuring his knee in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks in September. He has not played a match since.

"I know Eben will slot back in seamlessly as he’s been with us for the last two weeks’ in preparation in South Africa – our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family," Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said.

"This is a big week for us. We kick off the tour against the Six Nations champions and we’re only focused on Saturday’s game now. Although three tough games follow, we’re not looking further ahead.

"Facing Ireland at the AVIVA Stadium will be a massive challenge and we simply have to be 100% switched on for the match.

Meyer will name his official side for Saturday’s match this coming Wednesday.


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