Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is set to return to full training this week after recovering from a foot injury he sustained against England at Twickenham two weeks ago, but Warren Whiteley is doubtful for Saturday’s Test against Scotland in Edinburgh.
The experienced lock was not considered for the Test against France last Saturday, with the Springbok medical team giving him time to recover as there are still two tour matches, against Scotland and Wales, remaining.
Rassie Erasmus, Director of Rugby, confirmed on Monday that Whiteley (loose forward) is in doubt for Saturday’s clash against Scotland at BT Murrayfield because of a calf problem.
“Warren has a calf injury and I would say he is doubtful for Saturday,” said Erasmus.
“Vincent Koch and Frans Malherbe (props) both have some bumps and we will be cautious with them, but I think they will be fit to play.”
Erasmus said the Springboks can brace themselves for a very tough match against Scotland. The Scots beat Fiji 54-17 at home over the weekend.
“Gregor (Townsend, Scotland coach) is someone I’ve coached against during my time with Munster,” said Erasmus.
“I know how he coaches and his style of coaching. His teams are always very fit and organised in all facets of the game.
“There’s a lot of Glasgow players in their team and that’s why I know it’s going to be tough on Saturday at Murrayfield.”
Erasmus said he is expecting a different tactical approach from the Scots: “They employ a similar style of play to Vodacom Super Rugby sides and are tactically very good. They are also not afraid to take you on from anywhere on the field.”
The Springboks started their preparations on Monday at the Peffermill Sports Field and Erasmus will name his match 23 on Thursday.