Springboks flanker Jaco Kriel ruled out of All Blacks test match with shoulder injury

Springboks flanker Jaco Kriel is heading home with a shoulder injury.
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Springboks flanker Jaco Kriel is heading home with a shoulder injury.

Springboks flanker Jaco Kriel will miss this weekend's match against the All Blacks because of a shoulder injury.

South African Rugby tweeted from its official account the 28-year-old would return home ahead of the match at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday. He will not be replaced in the squad.

The dyamic Kriel injured his shoulder in the 23-23 draw with Australia Perth last Saturday.

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He went for a scan on Monday afternoon in Auckland, which revealed he had sustained a labrum tear.

Such injuries normally take two to four weeks to heal, putting Kriel in doubt for South Africa's next match in the Rugby Championship, against Australia in Bloemfontein on September 30. 

It means at least two changes from Bok coach Allister Coetzee from the side that drew with the Wallabies as tighthead prop Coenie Oosthuizen has also been ruled out with a broken arm.

 

His replacement, uncapped Wilco Louw, joined the squad in Auckland on Monday.

 

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