Alberts out, Whiteley in for Springboks
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“Willem requires further investigation of the symptoms and will see a number of specialists to determine the optimal management plan to get him back performing on the field as soon as possible,” said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts.
Whiteley, who toured with the Springboks to Argentina last week, will join the team in Johannesburg on Friday morning.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said that although Juan Smith was on standby, the player requested more time to work on his match fitness.
“Juan has very high standards and he wasn’t happy with his performance in Salta,” said Meyer.
“Warren really impressed me last week, he’s been playing very well and it made sense to get him back in. Like Willem, he is very effective with ball in hand and also a great option at the back of the lineout.
“More importantly, Warren is a natural No 8, which is a position where we need cover, but he can play flank as well.”
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