No clarity on Bok injuries

Assistant coaches Gert Smal and Allister Coetzee on Tuesday revealed little about the injury situation in the Springbok squad.

“I can’t speak on team selection, it is unfortunate Jake [White] is not here. I also can’t make statements on injuries but it looks positive,” said Smal.

White had a meeting with the presidents council regarding his future and also discussed the transformation charter of Bok rugby.

In a press release issued by Springbok media manager Vusi Kama, team doctor Yussuf Hassan stated that the final team announcement will only be made on Thursday when a full prognosis on injuries had been concluded.

“The overall picture looks good, it is encouraging. The final results will be available over the next few days. We will make an announcement on Thursday on the medical condition of our players. Unfortunately at this stage we cannot make pronouncements on individual players. Our process is an ongoing one, for all players,” Hassan was quoted in the release.

However, White could be forced to play the likes of Akona Ndungane, Pierre Spies, JP Pietersen and Chiliboy Ralepelle, if the situation doesn’t improve.

“We are looking for something different and new, so it is good to get some young blood in the team,” Coetzee said.

Smal said the Boks would have to pick themselves quickly after their 36-26 loss to France at Newlands.

“The French game was very disappointing, in fact our last two games were disappointing. We set high standards for ourselves and we won’t sleep and stop working hard until we get there,” he said.

The Boks open their Tri-Nations campaign against the Wallabies in Brisbane next Saturday.