Frans Malherbe will join the Springboks in New Zealand as tighthead prop cover ahead of Saturday’s Test.
Jannie du Plessis and Pat Cilliers both sustained injuries in last Saturday’s match against Australia, and are doubtful for this week’s clash against New Zealand. The Boks currently have no other specialist tighthead props in their touring squad, which has forced coach Heyneke Meyer to call up the Stormers and Western Province No 3.
‘Frans’ call-up is purely precautionary as our two tighthead props on tour are struggling with injuries,’ said Meyer. ‘Neither Jannie nor Pat trained with us on Tuesday, but we’ve decided to give them as much time as needed to regain their fitness.’
The 21-year-old Malherbe was part of the national squad during the England series but wasn’t considered for selection.
‘Frans has been with us before and he knows our calls and moves. He’s still young and has a bright future ahead of him.’
Malherbe is due to arrive in Auckland on Wednesday evening.