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Nkosi to miss start of Championship

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has sustained a blow to his planning for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship with the confirmation that wing S’bu Nkosi won’t be available for the first few matches and may even miss most of it.

Nkosi limped off the field with an ankle sprain in the Sharks’ penultimate Vodacom Super Rugby league match against the Stormers in Cape Town last week. He has been ruled out of the final match against the Jaguares at Kings Park at the weekend, but it was the finer detail of the medical update released by the Sharks with the team announcement on Thursday that should concern Erasmus.

According to the Sharks, the scans have shown that Nkosi has suffered a “syndesmosis sprain on his left ankle” and it will rule him out of rugby for approximately eight to 12 weeks.

Should the initial approximate date of return, meaning eight weeks, be met, then Nkosi might just be ready to join the Boks on the Australasian leg of their Rugby Championship campaign. Should he, however, be out for 12 weeks, then the likelihood is that he won’t play in the tournament this year.

It is a blow to the Boks as Nkosi answers the call for a big, physical wing with pace and good positional and game awareness, and he made a promising start to his international career in the series against England. Nkosi and Aphiwe Dyantyi completed a promising back three combination with Willie le Roux/Warrick Gelant, and Erasmus would have wanted them to build their understanding further during the Championship.

The Boks start their 2018 Championship campaign against Argentina at Kings Park, Nkosi's home ground, on 18 August.


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