Boks call up Lions skipper

The Springboks have called up JC Janse van Rensburg in place of the injured CJ van de Linde.

Van der Linde will head back to South Africa after picking up a hamstring injury on Monday.

While Frans Malherbe joined the Springbok squad last week in place of Beast Mtawarira, he’s a specialist tighthead prop. Bok head coach Heyneke Meyer has decided that he’ll need Janse van Rensburg’s services heading into the England Test this weekend to bolster the loosehead stocks.

‘Seeing that Gurthrö Steenkamp was also not feeling 100% on Monday and after the late withdrawal of Mtawarira ahead of the Ireland Test, we’ve decided it would be best to have proper cover at loosehead,’ said Meyer.

‘JC is an experienced player at Super Rugby and Currie Cup level and also captained the Golden Lions very well this year. He’s been knocking on the national door for long and this will provide an opportunity for JC to experience the Springbok culture and structures.’