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Kolisi poised for 'limited minutes' on South Africa return

The Springbok captain missed out on the Rugby Championship win due to a knee injury, but is on track to boost his side in Japan.

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS South Africa will strengthen their ranks further this weekend with the return of captain Siya Kolisi in Saturday’s meeting with Argentina.

The flanker played no part in the Springboks’ successful summer to date due to a knee injury, but Rassie Erasmus today said that Kolisi will feature this weekend at Loftus Versfeld.

“He is a guy we desperately want to be involved on Saturday and we will involve him, but it will be limited minutes,” said Erasmus.

“We won’t rush him – we need to carefully manage his return.”

South Africa thrashed the Pumas 46-13 in Salta to win the title on Saturday and Erasmus wants the players to put on a show in their final match on home soil before the World Cup in Japan.

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“This is a very important week for us and I’m really excited about what we plan to do,” he added.

“We’re determined to build on the momentum we’ve produced over the past few weekends and we’re really looking forward to ticking a few more boxes before we leave for Japan.

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“This is the last 80 minutes we will have before reaching Japan and then we have only one match there before playing New Zealand [in their first World Cup match] so this match is very important to the campaign.

“We don’t know what team Argentina will pick but you can be sure they’ll be going all out to end their pre-Rugby World Cup campaign with a morale-boosting win.”

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