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Rugby Union - Springboks replace unfit Alberts with Whiteley

Rugby Union - Springboks replace unfit Alberts with Whiteley

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South Africa's Warren Whiteley runs with the ball during the Rugby Sevens pool B match between South …

- Warren Whiteley replaced fellow loose forward Willem Alberts Thursday in the South Africa squad for Rugby Championship Tests in Australia and New Zealand during September.

Alberts, who missed narrow home and away wins over Argentina this month in the southern hemisphere competition through injury, was included in a 30-man squad named three days ago.

However, his inclusion was conditional on passing a fitness test in Johannesburg and the Springboks medical staff believe Alberts has not fully recovered from a hamstring injury.

"Willem requires further investigation of the symptoms and will see specialists to determine the optimal management plan to get him back on the field," said team doctor Craig Roberts.

Whiteley skippered the Johannesburg-based Golden Lions this season to their best Super Rugby showing and travelled to Argentina last week, but did not play in the 33-31 Test win.


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