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Springboks Suffer Steyn World Cup Blow; McCaw, Carter Withdraw

October 01, 2011

Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa’s Frans Steyn will probably miss the rest of the Rugby World Cup after injuring his shoulder in yesterday’s win against Samoa, coach Peter De Villiers said.

Steyn, a utility back, has scored 21 points in four games at the tournament in New Zealand including a 55-meter penalty in the 13-5 victory over Samoa that sealed the Springboks’ place in the quarterfinals.

“Frans Steyn is likely to go home,” De Villiers said in comments distributed by tournament organizers. “His shoulder isn’t that good. It’s 95 percent that he’s on his way home and that is a big blow for us.”

Bryan Habana and fellow winger JP Pietersen are nursing “battle scars” from the match and De Villiers said team management was “presuming they can recover quick enough to take their places this coming week.”

New Zealand will be without captain Richie McCaw and fly- half Dan Carter for its final pool game against Canada after both withdrew on the eve of the match with injuries.

McCaw won’t play because of what he described at a news conference as a “niggly” foot injury. Carter, who was initially chosen to take over as skipper, was later withdrawn after injuring his groin at kicking practice, the New Zealand Rugby Union said in an e-mailed statement.

“Carter will be further assessed this evening and an update will be given tomorrow,” the NZRU said in a statement. “No further updates will be given at this time.”

Colin Slade will now start at fly-half against Canada, with hooker Andrew Hore to captain the All Blacks for the first time. Victor Vito will take over at openside flanker from McCaw.

“I was pretty keen to play against Canada because it’s important for the team and for all of us that we carry on the momentum,” McCaw said. “We have a knockout game next week and I just wanted to make sure it wasn’t niggly heading into that week.”

--Editor: Paul Tighe

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