Joe blow for Boks

Joe van Niekerk has been ruled out of Saturday’s Vodacom Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks with a neck injury.

Van Niekerk is suffering from an overuse degeneration of a cervical spine disc, presently symptomatic and requiring treatment, and will be out of action for up to five weeks.

He is replaced in the starting XV by Pedrie Wannenburg.

“Joe has suffered a flare in his neck discs and won’t be available,” White said on Friday morning at the team hotel in Pretoria.

However, White has not made a decision yet on who would immediately replace Van Niekerk.

“We have not decided who will replace Joe but what I can tell you is that Pedrie will come into the starting 22 on the bench. I’ve got a bit of a surprise,” White said.