June 6, 2018 / 2:55 PM / 18 days ago

Rugby - Montpellier pair withdraw from Springbok squad

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Both Bismarck du Plessis and Frans Steyn have withdrawn from South Africa’s squad for the three-test series against England after injuries suffered in the French Top 14 final at the weekend, SA Rugby said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - South Africa Captain's Run - Twickenham Stadium - 23/10/15 South Africa's Bismarck du Plessis during training Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne Livepic

“Both went for further investigations and specialist opinions and it was decided to rather withdraw them from the Springbok squad for the series against England,” a statement said.

No details of their injuries were given.

FILE PHOTO: Britain Rugby Union - Northampton Saints v Montpellier - European Rugby Champions Cup Pool Four - Franklin's Gardens - 15/10/16 Frans Steyn of Montpellier scores their first try Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne Livepic

Both Du Plessis and Steyn played the full match as their Montpellier side were beaten 29-13 by Castres at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Du Plessis, 34, was set to make his first appearance for the Springboks since the 2015 World Cup, recalled to fill the void left by the injury to hooker Malcolm Marx.

Steyn, 31, had also been expected to start at inside centre, although new South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus had previously said on Monday that neither would be considered for Saturday’s first test at Ellis Park in Johannesburg because they were late in joining the squad after the completion of the season in France.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by William Maclean

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