Basson ruled out of rest of tour
November 14, 2010
Basson was in sparkling form in this season's Currie Cup but his year has been curtailed by injury © Getty Images
Winger Bjorn Basson has been forced out of the remainder of the Springboks' tour of the UK and Ireland with an ankle injury.
The Blue Bulls speedster sustained a right ankle sprain during his side's 29-25 win over Wales at in Cardiff on Saturday and will now miss the games against Scotland, England and the Barbarians.
Coach Peter de Villiers has yet to decide whether to call on a replacement with uncapped Sharks wing Lwazi Mvovo already in the tour group but he has hailed the character shown by his side at the Millennium Stadium. "The defensive effort demonstrated the character of this team," said De Villiers. "I was very happy with the spirit we showed but we know there's a lot of work still to be done in terms of performance.
"Our first-half play left a lot to be desired but we spoke about it at half time and tightened up in the second half and produced the rugby this team is capable of to take the lead. We've had two hard-fought victories but we have yet to produce an entirely satisfactory performance so there's plenty for us to work on this week.
"It has been three weeks of hard work for the players and physically they have stood up well to the challenge and we can expect more of the same from Scotland. The last time we were in Edinburgh there were only four points in the game (South Africa won 14-10) and we lost here in 2002 and we'll keep that at the front of our minds rather than anything else this week."
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