Blow for Springboks: Wiese receives six test suspensions

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus’s chances of replacing Duane Vermeulen ahead of the test season were reduced somewhat by the news that Jasper Wiese received a six-game ban for his red card during his final game for Leicester Tigers last weekend.

Wiese’s six-match ban, which had no extenuating circumstances, means he will miss the first six Tests of the international season and adds his name to a growing list of players who are doubtful or unavailable for the upcoming international season. .

Wiese will miss the first match against Wales at Twickenham, both matches against Ireland and the only match against Portugal, as well as two matches against Australia in the Rugby Championship in August.

The decision is a blow as Wiese was the natural successor to Vermeulen, the latter who announced his retirement after the World Cup and joined the Springbok management team.

It was reported earlier this week that Damian Willemse had torn ligaments in his hand and would be out for four months, while Steven Kitshoff is virtually certain to also miss the start of the international season with a knee injury.

In addition to this, Deon Fourie and Malcolm Marx, both used as hookers in the Rugby World Cup, are also injured and there is no certainty as to when they will be ready to play again.

Also out with injury is forward Kwagga Smith, while the Sharks reported injuries to Jaden Hendrikse and Lukhanyo Am last week. Hendrikse has a shoulder and rib injury that has ruled him out of the EPCR Challenge Cup final.

What makes it more challenging for Erasmus is the fact that the Welsh test is outside the international testing window and also coincides with the last day of the season, where the URC and other finals will be played.

That means that any team that reaches the final will not release its players and European and Japanese clubs are not obliged to do so either.

Both the Bulls and Stormers have qualified for the top eight of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship, while the Lions have a slim chance with a week to go.

The disciplinary sanction gave Wiese little room to maneuver, and the harsh sentence was going to send a message, even though Wiese still won the man of the match award in his last performance and on Thursday was named in the team of the Premiership season.

“The case of Jasper Wiese, Leicester Tigers, was examined by an independent disciplinary panel chaired by Jeremy Summers along with Martyn Wood and Olly Kohn,” the English Rugby Football Union statement read.

“He was shown a red card for lifting another player off the ground and letting him fall or pushing him so that his head and/or upper body made contact with the ground, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.18, during a match. against Exeter Chiefs on December 18. May 2024.

“The player admitted the charge and received a six-match ban.

“Wiese will miss the following games:

22.06 South Africa – Wales (Twickenham) *

06.07 South Africa – Ireland (Pretoria)

13.07 South Africa – Ireland (Durban)

20.07 South Africa – Portugal (Bloemfontein) +

10.08 Australia-South Africa

17.08 Australia-South Africa

*subject to confirmation that the player is no longer subject to World Rugby Regulation 9 and therefore cannot play this match.

+ subject to SARU confirming after 13 July 2024 that the player must play against Portugal.

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