Following the injury to Jano Vermaak, the Toyota Cheetahs scrumhalf Piet van Zyl has been called up to the Springbok squad in Mpumalanga.
Jano Vermaak made his Springbok debut on Saturday against Italy, where the Springboks won by 44 / 10 but left the field clearly in discomfort in the 60th minute, with a serious hamstring injury.
“Sadly Jano will not be able to play in the rest of the series and the decision was taken to replace him with Piet van Zyl,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.
Piet van Zyl will now join the Springboks in Hazyview, where the Springboks are based and where they will prepare for the 2nd Test of the Castle Lager Incoming series, which takes place on Saturday against Scotland at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.
It will be Piet van Zyl’s first official involvement with the Springbok squad but he also toured with the squad as 1 of 6 young prospects in June 2012. 4 Of these young prospects have now made it all the way to the National squad and the others who have made it are Siya Kolisi, Arno Botha and injured Frans Malherbe.
It appears that apart from Jano Vermaak are no other serious injury concerns for the Springboks following Saturday’s game, bar of course the usual bumps and bruises.
Piet van Zyl’s inclusion now brings the current number of Cheetahs players in the squad to 7.