Springbok winger Bryan Habana will undergo tests today to assess whether the knock he took in Rustenburg has resulted in concussion.
In the event that a concussion is diagnosed, he will take no part in the final game of the Vodacom Tri-Nations against the Australians at Ellis Park.
“He has been sent to have a brainscan so we can determine whether he did suffer concussion,” convenor of selectors Peter Jooste told the Beeld’s Morris Gilbert. “”We are concerned about Bryan. He started feeling poorly after the Test against the All Blacks last Saturday night and complained of feeling dizzy.”
In a game characterised by intercepted passes, Habana’s was the only one that counted, as he anticipated an All Black move in the first half that lead to a seven-pointer for the home side. Although he hasn’t trained with the Springbok squad this week, he may yet play against the Wallabies if declared fit.
Returning from injury, flanker Juan Smith is likely to get a run in the side, as he looks to have fully recovered from the ailment that has kept him out of the side for the past two matches.
Team doctor Yusuf Hassan will only decide later this week whether Habana will be fit to face the Wallabies at Ellis Park, but on Monday Peter Jooste, convener of the selectors, was sceptical about the prospects.
“We are concerned about Bryan. He started feeling poorly after the Test against the All Blacks last Saturday night and complained of feeling dizzy,” Jooste said.
“He has been sent to have a brain scan so we can determine whether he did suffer concussion.”
According to International Rugby Board regulations, Habana will be ruled out of the last Tri-Nations match of the season even if slight concussion is diagnosed.
The uncertainty about his availability could be one of the reasons Brent Russell and JP Petersen have been recalled to the South African squad.
Super versatile Russell can play in almost any backline position. In addition to the possible vacancy on the left wing, he may be deployed at fullback.
Springbok coach Jake White said on Sunday there may be an interesting change at fullback.
Flank Juan Smith, who had to withdraw from the Springbok team before the Test against New Zealand, returned to the squad on Monday. He has done nothing to lose his place in the starting line-up and should at least be in the 22 for the match if he has fully recovered.