Two legends from the game, who have been left out due to injury, may still play important roles in the Test series between South Africa and the British and Irish black team.
SA Rugby Director Rassie Erasmus and B&I Lions coach Warren Gatland have confirmed that veterans Duane Vermeulen and Alun Wyn Jones could make an appearance in the final stages of the three Test series.
Vermeulen, the 34-year-old who has capped 54 times against the Springboks since his debut nearly a decade ago, underwent surgery in early June after injuring his ankle during the Bulls’ Rainbow Cup win over the Stormers.
Jones, 35 and played 157 games (nine times by the B&I Lions and 148 times with Wales), was scraped off the tour after a shoulder injury he sustained in the seventh minute of the game in a warm-up match against Japan at Murrayfield before the game. a tour.
Vermeulen and Jones are now associated with the dramatic returns.
Erasmus said putting Vermeulen in the “isolation bubble” would work much like what the B&I Lions should do to get Jones back into the mix.
“Dwan [Vermeulen] He’s also in the mix, perhaps, for last [Third] demo match [on August 7]Erasmus said in a virtual briefing.
“Won’s way [Wyn Jones] You will be joining the B&I Lions bubble, Duane [Vermeulen] He will very much join us [the Boks] – If they are both fit.
Erasmus said there is a protocol for players who join from outside respected camps, with guidance from the Tour’s medical advisory committee.
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“Yes, there is an outside opportunity for Duane, but we don’t count on that.
“We’re just watching him.”
Jones, the original B&I Lions captain, still has some fitness tests to pass.
“A few weeks ago, we didn’t think it was an option,” Gatland said at a virtual media briefing on Monday, when asked about Jones’ potential comeback.
“he is [Jones] He’s back in full training with Wells.
“I think he will do a double session with them tomorrow [Tuesday] We’ll just see what the result is.
It has made a noticeable recovery.
“The assessment was that the injury was not as bad as they initially thought.
“It’s a real positive and it will be a boost for the team for someone with his experience and quality to come back.”
Erasmus and Gatland on Monday named their teams for the ‘Test 4’ of the tour – when the SA ‘A’ team take on the B&I Lions in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Scrumhalf and current Tour leader Conor Murray will be his first Tour start and first game as a captain since taking the helm from Jones.
“I think it will be very much a test match,” he said. hahahahahahaWhen asked about the game.
“If you look at [South Africa A] The line-up, it’s going to be a really intense match, almost a fourth test.
“Since we arrived in Cape Town [on Sunday] The players have taken a more serious situation in terms of our preparation and the superiority we have in training.
“Having seen the South African A lineup, it will sharpen our focus even more.
“It will be a real fight, almost like the fourth test for us, a tremendous challenge and preparation for what’s to come.”