Am replaces Mapimpi

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Bok center Lukhanyo Am has been called up to stand in for Makazole Mapimpi. This after a serious cheek injury cut the Bok winger’s World Cup trip short.

South African Rugby said on Monday that Mapimpi will not be able to play for at least the next six weeks after sustaining a fracture to his cheek and eye socket during Sunday’s match against Tonga.

Am has played 25 times for the Springboks and was part of the Boks’ World Cup team in 2019. He also helped Mapimpi score the first try of the game in the final against England. Due to an injury, he was not included in the initial team for this year’s World Cup.

The Boks are now waiting to see how Saturday’s game between Ireland and Scotland goes before they know if they will make it to the quarter-finals. Rassie Erasmus, head of Saru, outlined on Monday the different scenarios that could play out on Saturday after this match, and says the Boks are in a good place.