Boks reel in Pietersen
18 Jun 2012
The Springboks have called up Stormers fullback Joe Pietersen ahead of the third and final Test against England this weekend.
Pietersen will provide fullback cover as Zane Kirchner (knee) and Pat Lambie (ankle) struggle with injuries. Utility back Frans Steyn is also not available for the Test in PE as he’ll be getting married on Saturday.
Pietersen, who had been struggling with a back injury, had been given the all clear by the Western Province medical team to join the national squad on Monday.
‘Joe has always been part of our plans and also attended our final planning camp in Durban shortly before the England series started,’ said Bok coach Heyneke Meyer.
‘Injuries are part of the game and something you can’t plan for, but we always knew Frans was not going to be available for this Test. Joe knows our systems and game plans and I’m sure he will slot in easily.’
Flank Willem Alberts (knee) and Lambie, the two players who suffered injuries in the second Test last weekend, underwent scans on Monday morning. They have not yet been ruled out of the Test and a further decision on their availability will be made by Wednesday.
Lock Juandre Kruger, who was stretchered off at Ellis Park, was running freely at training.