Pienaar ruled out due to injury
Springbok scrumhalf, Ruan Pienaar, has been ruled out of the End of Year Tour in Europe, due to his recurring knee ligament injury – he has since been replaced by Jano Vermaak.
Pienaar injured his knee in the Springboks’ Test against New Zealand in September and has been on the sidelines ever since.
"Ruan was re-assessed on Tuesday morning following the on-field fitness tests from Monday, and unfortunately he has developed some swelling and puffiness around the knee, indicating that he is not yet ready to partake in full training and playing in a match," said Springbok team doctor, Craig Roberts.
"He needs a few more weeks of rehabilitation before he’ll be ready to return to play and hence we’ve taken the decision to rule him out of the tour."
Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer, has said that he was disappointed to have lost Pienaar.
"We’ll miss his experience, especially when it comes to playing rugby in the Northern Hemisphere, but luckily Jano knows our structures and should not have a problem to slot back in,” Meyer said.
“The decision to bring in Jano was because he is familiar with our structures and is also very experienced, especially since Cobus Reinach is still in his first season of Test rugby.
"There are a number of good young scrumhalves in South Africa, but to bring someone in who has not yet trained with us in a pivotal position such as scrumhalf would’ve been a risk."
Vermaak will be travelling to Dublin on Wednesday, to start training.
The South African team will be facing Ireland for their first End of Year Tour match on Saturday. They will then take on England, Italy and Wales in this year’s four-match tour.
Photo Caption: Ruan Pienaar has been ruled out of the End of Year Tour due to a ligament injury. Photo courtesy of www.zimbio.com
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