Louw could miss Bok tour

Francois Louw sustained a neck injury in Bath’s win over Exeter and is doubtful for the Springboks’ tour to Europe.

Louw was included when Heyneke Meyer’s touring party was named on Sunday. However, reports from England indicate that the flanker hurt his neck in a Premiership match against Exeter and will be assessed by the Bath medical team this week.

‘Francois has got a bad bang on his head and it looks like he’s compacted the vertebrae on his neck so he’s in a lot of pain at the moment. I think it’s going to be a lot sorer in the morning so we will have to evaluate how he gets on,’ said Bath’s director of rugby, Gary Gold.

If Louw is passed fit, he will play for Bath against London Welsh this weekend before linking up with the Boks.