Jasper Wiese in action for the Boks. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Springbok World Cup winner BANNED for six games!

Springboks face a challenging test season as Jasper Wiese receives a six-game ban, adding to an already extensive injury list.


Jasper Wiese in action for the Boks. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

The Springboks have been dealt a significant blow ahead of the test season. Jasper Wiese, who was considered a natural successor to Duane Vermeulen, has received a six-game ban.

This follows his red card during his final game for Leicester Tigers. This suspension limits the Springboks’ options as they prepare for crucial fixtures.

Wiese’s Red Card Incident

Wiese was sent off for lifting another player off the ground and driving him headfirst into the ground. This incident occurred during Leicester Tigers’ match against Exeter Chiefs on 18 May 2024.

The independent disciplinary panel, chaired by Jeremy Summers, decided on a six-game suspension for the offence. Wiese admitted the charge, which meant the suspension was the minimum possible for such an incident.

The English Rugby Football Union stated, “He was shown a red card for lifting another player off the ground and dropping or driving that player so that their head and/or upper body makes contact with the ground, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.18.”

Wiese will miss significant upcoming tests, including the opening test against Wales at Twickenham, both tests against Ireland, a match against Portugal, and two tests against Australia.

Impact on Springboks’ Test Season

This ban means Wiese will be absent for the first six tests of the international season. His absence adds to the growing list of unavailable players, complicating the Springboks’ preparations.

Wiese was seen as a key player following Vermeulen’s retirement and subsequent move to the Springbok management team.

Adding to the team’s woes, Damian Willemse has torn hand ligaments and will be out for four months. Steven Kitshoff is also likely to miss the start of the season due to a knee injury.

Other injured players include Deon Fourie, Malcolm Marx, Kwagga Smith, Jaden Hendrikse, and Lukhanyo Am.

Erasmus’ Challenges

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus faces additional challenges as the Wales test falls outside the international test window. This timing coincides with the final day of the season, including the URC and other finals.

Consequently, teams making the finals will not release their players, and European and Japanese clubs are not obligated to do so.

The Bulls and Stormers have qualified for the top eight of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship, while the Lions have a chance with one week to go. This situation makes Erasmus’ task of fielding a strong team even more complex.

Wiese’s Performance Despite Suspension

Despite the suspension, Wiese’s performance in his final game for Leicester Tigers was notable. He was named man of the match and was also included in the Premiership’s team of the season.

This recognition highlights his importance and the gap his absence will create for the Springboks.

“The case of Jasper Wiese was heard by an independent disciplinary panel,” the RFU statement read. “The player admitted the charge and received a six-match ban.”

The decision underscores the disciplinary body’s stance on such offences, aiming to maintain the integrity and safety of the sport.


The Springboks must navigate a challenging start to their test season without several key players, including Jasper Wiese.

This period will test the depth and resilience of the squad as they aim to compete at the highest level despite these setbacks.

The upcoming matches will reveal how well the team can adapt and overcome these hurdles, ensuring they remain competitive on the international stage.