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Springboks prop Nyakane fit, heading home for birth of child

September 8, 2019
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South Africa's Trevor Nyakane, gestures as he walks into the stage during the 31-man squad presentation in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Flanker Siya Kolisi will captain South Africa's Rugby World Cup squad after recovering from an injury that saw him miss the Springboks' victorious Rugby Championship campaign. Kolisi was named in the 31-man squad on Monday as coach Rassie Erasmus sprang no major surprises for the World Cup in Japan starting next month. The Springboks have the toughest possible start to their World Cup campaign when they face two-time defending champion New Zealand in their first game on Sept. 21. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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South Africa's Trevor Nyakane, gestures as he walks into the stage during the 31-man squad presentation in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Flanker Siya Kolisi will captain South Africa's Rugby World Cup squad after recovering from an injury that saw him miss the Springboks' victorious Rugby Championship campaign. Kolisi was named in the 31-man squad on Monday as coach Rassie Erasmus sprang no major surprises for the World Cup in Japan starting next month. The Springboks have the toughest possible start to their World Cup campaign when they face two-time defending champion New Zealand in their first game on Sept. 21. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Springboks prop Trevor Nyakane is fit and available for the Rugby World Cup game against New Zealand, although he’s traveled back to South Africa for the birth of his child.

Nyakane twisted his knee in the Springboks’ warmup win over Japan on Friday. He’s clear to play in South Africa’s World Cup opener against the defending champion on Sept. 21.

SA Rugby says Nyakane flew back to South Africa on Saturday to be with his wife and he’s expected to rejoin the squad in Japan on Friday, eight days before the Springboks play the All Blacks.

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