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Van der Merwe joins injury list
ESPN Staff
March 25, 2014
Van der Merwe has joined Pat Lambie on the growing Springbok injury list © Getty Images
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South African lock Franco van der Merwe has been added to the growing Springbok injury list after undergoing ankle surgery on Monday. Van der Merwe sustained a severe ankle injury on Saturday during the Lions' 23-20 victory over the Reds at Ellis Park and has been ruled out for six months.

Van der Merwe's injury comes a day after Sharks fly-half Pat Lambie was told he will miss the remainder of the Super Rugby season with a torn bicep tendon. Lambie and van der Merwe join the growing injury list along side Arno Botha, Bakkies Botha, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Bryan Habana, Coenie Oosthuizen and Pierre Spies.

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