Springboks pair to miss All Blacks clash

by RUGBY.com.au staff

Injured lock Flip van der Merwe and flanker Heinrich Brussow have been ruled out of the Springboks squad for Saturday's Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand.

Van der Merwe is returning to South Africa with a rib injury, adding to the Springboks' second row shortage after the loss of Johann Muller to a hamstring strain.

France-based lock Gerhard Mostert has replaced Muller but no replacement will be sought for van der Merwe.

Brussow has a hamstring strain but will remain with the squad to continue his rehabilitation, coach Peter de Villiers said.

Gio Aplon did not practice for a second day Tuesday because of back and shoulder injuries, with de Villiers saying the fullback also was doubtful for Saturday's match.