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The Springboks in a huddle. Photo: Twitter/@Springboks

Two more major injury worries for the Springboks

The Springboks could be without two more World Cup-winning stars at the start of the 2024 Test season due to injury.

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The Springboks in a huddle. Photo: Twitter/@Springboks

In just over a month, the Springboks will be back in action with a season-opening Test against Wales at Twickenham. This will be followed by a two-Test series against Ireland and a one-off game against Portugal prior to the Rugby Championship.

Unfortunately, there are two injury worries of note, with the Sharks reporting that both Lukhanyo Am and Jaden Hendrikse are sidelined.

The Springbok centre and scrumhalf have been ruled out of Friday’s Challenge Cup final against Gloucester in London.

“Lukhanyo is going to be out for a while and I’m not quite sure what the extent of his injury is,” Sharks director of rugby Neil Powell said on Tuesday. “There’s a shoulder injury that he’s struggling with and a fractured rib.

“It’s the end of the road for him in the URC and the Challenge Cup, but I think Jaden (shoulder injury) will be out for a longer period. We do hope that Lukhanyo does recover fast enough to have some international rugby.”

The Springboks could also be without another World Cup winner

Jasper Wiese was involved in a nasty incident this past weekend, though, which saw him receive a red card for a dangerous act of foul play.

In his final game for the Leicester Tigers, he was sent from the field for a dangerous cleanout on Exeter Chiefs’ loose forward Ross Vintcent in the 68th minute of the clash.

Wiese will now go into a disciplinary hearing, which could see him banned for anywhere between one and six games. All of these could end up being Springbok games as Leicester failed to qualify for the Premiership playoffs.

You can see the ‘moment of madness’ from the Springbok star below:

The Springboks will, of course, also start their season against Wales, and here is a look at the full 13 confirmed fixtures.

2024 FIXTURES:

Saturday, 22 June: SA vs Wales (Twickenham, London)
Saturday, 6 July: SA vs Ireland (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
Saturday, 13 July: SA vs Ireland (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban)
Saturday, 20 July: SA vs Portugal (Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein)

Saturday, 10 August: Australia vs SA (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)
Saturday, 17 August: Australia vs SA (Optus Stadium, Perth)
Saturday, 31 August: SA vs New Zealand (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
Saturday, 7 September: SA v New Zealand (DHL Stadium, Cape Town)
Saturday, 21 September: Argentina v SA (Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades, Santiago)
Saturday, 28 September: SA v Argentina (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)

Sunday, 10 November: Scotland vs SA (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
Saturday, 16 November: England vs SA (Twickenham, London)
Saturday, 23 November: Wales vs SA (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

The Springboks’ jampacked 2024 schedule will conclude with an enthralling tour in November, and coach Rassie Erasmus said it would be an exciting way to end the season.

“As a team we want to measure ourselves against the top sides in the world consistently, and facing Scotland, Wales, and England on the year-end tour, two of which we faced in the World Cup, will be fantastic for the team and the players.

“Wales may have had a disappointing Six Nations campaign, while Scotland won two of their five matches and England three, but they are always a force to be reckoned with at home, so we know we have to be at the top of our game when we line up against them.”

Erasmus added: “We have a challenging season ahead, which features home Test series against Ireland in the Incoming Series and New Zealand in the Rugby Championship, as well a Test against Portugal, two matches against Australia and Argentina, respectively.

“To face Scotland, England and Wales at the end of the year will certainly spice things up for the team, so we are really looking forward to the season.”