Two of the seven South Africans ‒ all forwards ‒ who saw action in last weekend’s first round of the Six Nations seem to out of this weekend’s second round in the Championship.
Scotland prop WP Nel carries a calf injury while Ireland’s CJ Stander ‒ one of Ireland’s standout players in their unexpected 22-30 defeat to England in Dublin ‒ has a horrendous facial injury that definitely rules him out.
Stander suffered multiple facial fractures in the test in the third minute but played on until the 65th minute. He sustained double cheek and eye socket fractures in a collision with England flanker Tom Curry and in his 62 minutes on the field Stander made 20 successful tackles in 20 attempts.
♦ Stander never let on that he was injured. That is why he was allowed to play on, was the team’s defence to criticism that he was played on after the injury.
Ireland hope that Stander will be out for only two weeks, but a more realistic view is that it will take him at least four weeks to be playing again which will rule him out of the rest of the Championship.
♦ The seven South Africans ‒ a full pack minus the hooker ‒ who saw action on Saturday were Scotland prop Allan Dell, his prop partner Nel who was replaced in the 50th minute and their teammate Josh Strauss, who came on for Sam Skinner after only 12 minutes; Stander (substituted in the 65th minute by Ireland) and Irish lock Quin Roux who came on as a substitute on 56 minutes for Ireland; Italy’s flank Braam Steyn; and France lock Paul Willemse.
The Six Nations pack made up of SA forwards:
Allan Dell, A.N. Other, WP Nel, Braam Steyn, Paul Willemse, Quin Roux, CJ Stander (moved to number 6 flank), Josh Strauss.