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South Africa’s Faf de Klerk makes a pass during the rugby Test match between New Zealand and South Africa at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on September 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville

Rugby: Faf de Klerk not available for Springboks year-end tour

The Sale Sharks have confirmed that scrumhalf Faf de Klerk will not take any further part in the Springboks remaining Tests for the year.

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South Africa’s Faf de Klerk makes a pass during the rugby Test match between New Zealand and South Africa at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on September 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville

English Premiership outfit Sale Sharks have confirmed that scrumhalf Faf de Klerk will not take any further part in the Springboks remaining Tests for the year, Sport24 reports.

The Springboks conclude their 2018 playing schedule next month, with a year-end tour to Europe, which will comprise of matches against England, France, Scotland and Wales.

De Klerk, who made a return to the national side this year after SA Rugby scraped its ’30-Test’ rule, which restricted the selection of overseas-based players, reclaimed the number nine rugby after being out of the fold for a year.

Sale Sharks rule Faf de Klerk out of year-end tour

The Springboks will now have to look at the backup brigade for the remainder of the year, as according to Sport24, the Sale Sharks confirmed via an email sent to the publication that there was no agreement made between club and country to make him available for next month’s Tests.

“He was released to play for his country in the Rugby Championship, but no provision was made for next month’s tour,” the club said.

Questions over other overseas-based Boks

Faf de Klerk’s likely absence also puts into the spotlight the availability of the rest of the overseas-based contingent involved with the Springboks this year, which includes fullback Willie le Roux, who plays for the London Wasps, as well as Bath loose forward Francois Louw.

The Wasps and the Springboks agreed to make Le Roux available for the duration of the Rugby Championship, but there has been no clarity on whether he will join up with the rest of his national teammates ahead of the first Test in Twickenham.

Another key player is the Japan-based Duane Vermeulen, who was unavailable for the latter part of the Rugby Championship, despite Rassie Erasmus’ best efforts to have him released by his club, the Kubota Steelers.

An earlier report by Netwerk24 suggested that a deal had been struck which will avail the burly eighthman for the year-end tour.

Springboks year-end tour fixtures

England vs South Africa, Twickenham – 3 November

Scotland vs South Africa, Murrayfield – 10 November

France vs South Africa, Stade de Paris – 17 November

Wales vs South Africa, Millenium Stadium – 24 November