The Springboks suffered a blow to their preparation for the three Test series against England this winter, following the withdrawal of veteran Bismarck du Plessis and utility back Frans Steyn over injury concerns.

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The duo played in the French Top 14 final this past weekend for Montpellier where they sustained their injuries.

“They both went for further investigation and specialist opinion and the verdict was to withdraw them from the Springbok squad.” – SA Rugby