Bath director of rugby Gary Gold says Springbok flank Francois Louw is still sidelined with a neck injury.
Louw has been in impressive form for Bath in the English Premiership and European Cup Challenge over the past fours weeks. He also scored the match-winning tries in their wins over Agen (27-22) and Exeter Chiefs (23-15).
However, Louw suffered a neck injury against Exeter and missed the club’s 16-9 loss to London Welsh on Sunday.
‘He wasn’t fit enough to play for us on Sunday,’ Gold told keo.co.za. ‘He has joined the Springboks and they will reassess him this week.’
Gold added that Louw would be a big boost for the Boks should he recover in time for this weekend’s Test against Ireland. He also believes scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar will be another key player.
Pienaar has scored three tries over the past four weeks for Ulster. He also scored high individual tallies during the club’s wins over Newport Gwent Dragons (21 points via a try, five conversions and two penalties) and Edinburgh (17 points via a try and six conversions) over the last fortnight.
‘Both players have been in great form for their clubs and their experience in the local conditions will help the Boks,’ said Gold.
Pienaar also struggled with injury during the first stanza of Ulster’s win over Edinburgh, but returned to the field after receiving treatment and finished the match without any hassles.
By Gareth Duncan