Mtawarira taken to hospital
November 10, 2012
Springboks prop Tendai Mtawarira has been withdrawn from the clash against Ireland © Getty Images
Tendai Mtawarira was forced to withdraw from South Africa's clash with Ireland on Saturday after suffering a recurrence of mild heart palpitations on the morning of the game.
The Springbok prop was admitted to hospital for observation on Saturday morning as a precaution and withdrawn from South Africa's opening match of their end-of-season tour. The South Africa Rugby Union said a decision on his continued participation on the tour will be taken at a later stage.
In Mtawarira's absence, CJ van der Linde, who has 73 caps for South Africa, will start at loose-head prop against Ireland in Dublin. Heinke van der Merwe, with one cap to his name, takes Van der Linde's place on the bench.
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