Januarie out of Springbok tour
October 31, 2010
Ricky Januarie has been ruled out of South Africa's tour © Getty Images
Ricky Januarie has been ruled out of South Africa's Grand Slam tour attempt after picking up a knee injury in Western Province's Currie Cup final defeat to the Sharks on Saturday.
The scrum-half was forced from the field after only half-an-hour of the game at Kings Park, which Province lost 30-10, and consultation with Springbok doctor Craig Roberts confirmed that he would be unable to take part in Tests against Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England.
Bulls No.9 Francois Hougaard and Ulster utility back Ruan Pienaar are the other scrum-halves on the panel, with a decision on whether further cover is required set to be made at a later date.
Injuries to Januarie's Western Province team-mates, centres Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh, have also led to Sharks midfielder Adi Jacobs being called up to the pre-tour camp in Johannesburg.
De Villiers is carrying a groin problem while de Jongh has an ankle knock, with both set to be assessed before a decision on whether Jacobs will tour is taken.
"We will monitor Juan and Jean's progress in the next couple of days," Springbok coach Peter De Villiers said. "We have had a number of injuries among our senior centres so we decided it was essential to have some experienced cover on hand and in the group just in case."
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