‘Reckless’ Wiese suspended for 6 games

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The Springboks will have to do without the services of Jasper Wiese for six games after the 28-year-old loose forward was suspended in his final matchup for the Leicester Tigers.

Leicester faced Exeter Chiefs in an English Premier League match on Saturday. Referee Karl Dickson chased Wiese off the field with a red card for foul play in the 67th minute after the South African picked up Ross Vintcent at a loose scrum and turned it over.

The World Cup winner will therefore temporarily miss the Boks’ tests against Wales at Twickenham in London (June 22), the two home tests against Ireland (July 6 and 13) and the historic match against Portugal (July 20) in Bloemfontein.

He will only be available again after South Africa’s second test against the Wallabies in Perth on 17 August.

Admittedly, an independent disciplinary committee found that Wiese’s actions were reckless rather than deliberate.

His suspension now opens the door for loose forwards like Cameron Hanekom and Evan Roos to possibly take the no. 8 jersey for the Goats.

However, Wiese’s red card is not the only setback that has hit the South Africans in the run-up to the test season.

Lukhanyo Am, outside centre, is on the crutches list as he struggles with a shoulder as well as a rib injury.

Damian Willemse, full back of the Boks, will probably also not be available for the Boks’ tour to Australia in August after suffering a finger injury last weekend.

RNews earlier reported that Willemse left the field in the Stormers’ United Rugby Championship win over Connacht in Ireland.

Willemse was in the starting team of the Springboks’ World Cup final against New Zealand in Paris.

Am was originally not part of the 2023 World Cup squad, also due to injury. However, he later joined the team in France as a replacement for Makazole Mapimpi who had a cracked cheekbone.

  • Meanwhile, the Springboks’ third alignment camp came to an end in Cape Town on Thursday. The camp was attended by 38 players.

According to Rassie Erasmus, head coach, he is satisfied with how things went in the Mother City.

“It was great to see the enthusiasm among the players. This camp was extremely valuable in exposing the players to detailed aspects of the game that we would like to implement this season,” said Erasmus.