Pedrie’s Bok pain

Pedrie Wannenburg is out of the Springboks end of year tour.

Wannenburg, who only returned from injury to play in the Currie Cup final, has a wrist injury and will undergo an operation. The Bok management confirmed that at this stage no replacement has been named. It is unclear whether Wannenburg will be replaced, but it seems logical that he should be replaced. If he isn’t then you have to question why he was selected in the first place and why 28 players were named.

Expect a replacement to be named.

Wynand Olivier is another casualty but he is likely to tour.

A knee injury that forced the Vodacom Bulls centre to miss the Absa Currie Cup final is still troubling him and means he will miss a conditioning assessment with the squad today.

“Wynand’s knee is still giving him problems, so he won’t be tested this afternoon because we don’t want to risk anything ahead of the tour,” coach Jake White told the press.

White explained that the purpose of the first day in camp would be to assess where his players are in terms of conditioning.

“They’re not fitness tests as such this afternoon, but rather conditioning tests. It’s not about finding out how fit the guys are, but rather whose carrying niggling injuries and finding out our benchmarks in terms of who’s the quickest, who’s the strongest.”

Olivier was outstanding for the Pretoria outfit upon his return from Vodacom Tri-Nations duty with the Boks, but injury stifled the 23-year-old’s appearances in the competition.