Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is expected to miss Sunday’s match against Romania due to injury.
South Africa’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus said Etzebeth could be sidelined for seven to 10 days after leaving the field with a shoulder injury.
The World Cup winning coach said Eben‘s injury won’t have a big influence on their team selection this week.
Boks assistant coach Deon Davids said the focus was soley on Romania which the Springboks face on Sunday following their impressive 18-3 win against Scotland in their openeing World Cup match.
“It would be a mistake to look at the Scotland game and say it’s done [qualifying from the group]. We need to continue with our campaign, and we’ll have to take the lessons we learned into account and ensure that our mental and physical preparation on the training field is right. There’s still a long way to go, and we need to improve in every game,” he said.
Erasmus added: “The Romania match is the most important one next, not just to get the result, but to improve enough to really give the No 1 team in the world [Ireland] a go.
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“If we manage to win that one, then it will be a really interesting last round because I think Scotland have the ability to give Ireland a go. They are used to playing against them in the United Rugby Championship and the Six Nations.
The Springboks had Monday off to rest and recover from the physical encounter against Scotland and will begin their on-field preparations without Etzebeth for the match against Romania in Bordeaux on Tuesday.