Western Province hooker Scarra Ntubeni, a Springbok tourist in November 2013, has been called up to the South African touring squad in place of the injured Robbie Coetzee. “Robbie has been struggling with a pinched nerve in his neck for a few months. It flared up again after our training session on Tuesday afternoon and he was withdrawn from all training for the rest of the week. We also consulted with the Golden Lions’ medical team and reviewed his scans. After seeking specialist opinions it was decided that, due to his current functional impairment, it was in his best interests for the long term to withdraw him from the tour,” said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts. Ntubeni, who is currently in London with Province, will join the Springbok squad in the English capital after their match on Sunday afternoon against Saracens.
Coetzee will return to South Africa in the coming days.