October 24, 2019 / 6:23 AM / a month ago

Rugby-South African winger Kolbe ruled out for World Cup semi-final

    TOKYO, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Springboks winger Cheslin Kolbe
will miss the Rugby World Cup semi-final against Wales because
of an ankle injury, coach Rassie Erasmus said on Thursday. 
    Kolbe, one of the standout players of the tournament, missed
South Africa's pool match against Canada with an ankle problem
and had to leave the field in the latter stages in the
quarter-final victory over Japan. 
    He missed training on Tuesday and will be replaced on Sunday
by S'Busiso Nkosi in the only change to the team that beat the
hosts in Tokyo last week.      
    "It's a big blow, but if you look at his last game, his
ankle definitely affected his performance and we just thought a
fully fit S'Busiso would be better," Erasmus said.
    Team: 15-Willie le Roux, 14-S'Busiso Nkosi, 13-Lukhanyo Am,
12-Damian de Allende, 11-Makazole Mapimpi, 10-Handre Pollard,
9-Faf de Klerk, 8-Duane Vermeulen, 7-Pieter-Steph du Toit,
6-Siya Kolisi, 5-Lood de Jager, 4-Eben Etzebeth, 3-Frans
Malherbe, 2-Bongi Mbonambi, 1-Tendai Mtawarira
    Replacements: 16-Malcolm Marx, 17-Steven Kitshoff,
18-Vincent Koch, 19-RG Snyman, 20-Franco Mostert, 21-Francois
Louw, 22-Herschel Jantjies, 23-Frans Steyn.

 (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney
Editing by David Goodman)
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