Springbok Arno Botha out for rest of 2013

Last updated 20:36 17/06/2013

Relevant offers

International

IOC boss Thomas Bach tells Japan 'no apology needed' over stadium changes Wycliff Palu back for Wallabies to add heft to pack for test against All Blacks Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper may miss first Bledisloe test as Sanzar review ban Wycliff Palu and Matt Giteau in Wallabies squad for All Blacks test Kane Douglas set for Wallabies recall after signing deal with Queensland Reds, ARU Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper free to face All Blacks in Sydney Pacific Nations Cup: Sakaria Taulafo try propels Samoa past Canada to meet Fiji in final World Rugby to meet Japan's 2019 World Cup organisers over stadium scrapping Quade Cooper's club turns down his offer to play in grand final ahead of Bledisloe test Welsh rugby star George North sees gremlins at World Cup camp in Doha

South Africa loose forward Arno Botha has been ruled out for the remainder of 2013 after rupturing ligaments in his left knee during the Springboks' win over Scotland on Sunday (NZ time).

The highly rated 21-year-old was forced to leave the field in the fourth minute of just his second test, having made his debut against Italy the previous week, and has been diagnosed with an injury to his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments that requires surgery.

''Losing Arno is a big blow as he had a very good test debut last weekend against Italy,'' Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer said in a statement.

''Luckily he is still very young and I'm sure with the correct medical treatment and rehabilitation we will see him back on the field again in 2014.''

Meyer said that a call on a possible replacement for Botha will be made at a later stage with the Springboks to face Samoa in their final four nations tournament match in Pretoria on Sunday (NZ time).

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who was the better Springboks lock?

Bakkies Botha

Victor Matfield

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content