Boks rocked by injuries

The Vodacom Super 14 has already taken its toll on the 45-man Springbok squad, with the potentially most damaging to that of flyhalf Andre Pretorius, who will probably go under the knife to sort out a groin problem.

It gets worse. New cap BJ Botha will almost certainly need an operation on his back, while Marius Joubert has already broken his hand.

“It is a problem, especially up front where guys like BJ Botha, CJ van der Linde and Guthro Steenkamp are out injured,” White told Sapa. “The selectors did a great job of providing me with cover for the flyhalf position and Butch James is a blessing while Brent Russell, Meyer Bosman and Jaco van der Westhuyzen can all cover at flyhalf.”

White said he would not be calling up any replacements for the injured players.

Meanwhile, the Bulls players may be out of the camp for another 10 days, should they defeat the Crusaders.

“If the Bulls can emulate their achievement against the Stormers then they could be out for two weeks,” said Springbok captain John Smit.

White believes that the experience the Bulls gained in last year’s semi-final loss will be invaluable as they look to take on the champions in Christchurch on Saturday.

“I will be very surprised if the Bulls don’t take that experience last year and turn it around and that is because they have had continuity and experience,” said White.

The Boks kicked off their camp with fitness tests on Wednesday and will start on-field training on Thursday morning at Shimla Park.