Bakkies Botha has lost his ongoing battle with injury and will play no further part in this tournament.
The Bok enforcer has struggled with an Achilles injury since the team arrived in New Zealand. He was expected to return to action in the play-offs, but after a heavy fall at training on Wednesday, the Bok coach believes that Botha’s World Cup is indeed over.
‘That was the worst part of my day yesterday, at training when Bakkies came down at the first lineout we had and injured himself again,’ Peter de Villiers said.
‘It is a sad day for myself and for Bakkies too as it looks like his tournament will be over. That is the reality, that is life and this is what we get and we just have to move on.’
This injury will also signal the end of Botha’s Test career, as he had initially planned to retire after the World Cup.