Makazole Mapimpi has been ruled out for the remainder of the Rugby World Cup.
Written by Ayanda Nyuswa on 2 October, 2023
By: Simtho Dladla
Springbok winger, Makazole Mapimpi, has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby World Cup in France.
Mapimpi collided with Tongan scrumhalf Augustine Pulu during the Springboks’ 49-18 win against Tonga and he suffered a fractured eye socket he could be out for four to six weeks.
“Makazole is out of the World Cup,” SA Rugby director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus confirmed. “We know who we want to replace him, I would love to tell you who it is but we first need to notify World Rugby.
“It is very sad, it was an accident, but he has a fractured eye socket, and he is out for four to six weeks. “We will miss him because he is a brilliant rugby player and a fantastic person.”
Springbok technical team are still undecided to who they want to replace Mapimpi with but further confirmed they will fly Mapimpi and Malcolm Marx back to the tournament in the event the Springbok makes the final.
The Boks will receive a break for two days to rest and recover from the pool stages of the competition and will resume their rugby programme on Wednesday. Sharks center Lukhanyo Am could be on his way to France to join the Springboks since Mapimpi is out of the tournament.
image: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images