6 Oct 2011

Springboks lose veteran lock for rest of World Cup

5:46 pm on 6 October 2011

The South Africa lock Bakkies Botha has been forced out of the World Cup after he suffered a fresh Achilles injury during training yesterday ahead of the side's quarter-final with Australia.

The 32-year-old, who's been battling a chronic Achilles complaint throughout the tournament, had declared himself

fit for Sunday's Wallabies match but was a surprise omission when the team was named earlier today.

Coach Peter de Villiers says Botha injured the opposite ankle when he landed awkwardly from a lineout and has been ruled out of the match.

He will return to South Africa to seek treatment advice from a specialist before taking up a contract with French club Toulon in November.