Mapoe replaces injured Am in Bok squad

Sun, 28 May 2017 15:36

INJURY UPDATE: Sharks centre Lukhanyo Am has been ruled out of the Springboks' three-Test series against France in June. 

Am sustained a cheekbone fracture on Saturday against the Stormers and will undergo surgery in the coming week.
 
Am, who has been a stalwart in the midfield for the Durban side so far this Super Rugby season, is replaced by Lions centre Lionel Mapoe, who is drafted from the SA 'A' side that was announced earlier in the week to face the French Barbarians in a two-match series.
 
Mapoe has earned 11 Springboks to date since making his international debut on July 25, 2015 against the All Blacks in Johannesburg. He has played in eight Tests for the Boks in midfield and three times on the wing.
 
Meanwhile, the Springbok squad will assemble on Monday in Plettenberg Bay in the Southern Cape, to continue with preparations for the forthcoming series against France.