Injured Oosthuizen out for Springboks, replaced by Vermeulen

November 13, 2017

South Africa's Coenie Oosthuizen is escorted off the pitch after being injured, during the rugby union international match between Ireland and South Africa, in Dublin, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

DUBLIN (AP) — South Africa prop Coenie Oosthuizen has damaged knee ligaments and been replaced in the squad by No. 8 Duane Vermeulen for the remainder of the Springboks’ end-of-year tour of Europe.

SA Rugby says Oosthuizen needs surgery after sustaining medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligament damage during the 38-3 loss to Ireland on Saturday.

Vermeulen, who plays for French club Toulon, will join up with South Africa’s squad in Paris on Monday ahead of the team’s match against France on Saturday.

Flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit will also miss the game against France after getting a concussion against Ireland. South Africa will announce its team on Thursday.

The Springboks also play Italy and Wales on the tour.

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