Malcolm Marx will not play for the remainder of the Springboks' RWC season
Posted : 15 September 2023
South Africa's hopes of defending their World Cup title took a significant hit as hooker Malcolm Marx sustained a long-term knee injury, ruling him out for the rest of the tournament. Coach Jacques Nienaber has opted to delay naming a replacement for Marx, believing there's sufficient cover at hooker.
Bongi Mbonambi is the sole specialist number two remaining, but there's also the possibility of recalling flyhalf Handre Pollard or centre Lukhanyo Am, who weren't initially considered due to fitness concerns but played pivotal roles in the team's 2019 World Cup triumph.
Pollard, renowned for his kicking accuracy, has been training with English club Leicester Tigers recently. Nienaber stated that they will assess their needs for the remainder of the tournament and confirm the additional player to be called up later in the week. When the squad was initially announced, Stormers hooker Joseph Dweba was designated as the standby option.
Malcolm Marx suffered his knee injury during a training session, leading to his withdrawal from the matchday squad for the game against Romania in Bordeaux.
Marx has been a prominent figure in the world of rugby, known for his ball-carrying prowess and his ability to create turnovers at the breakdown. Nienaber expressed disappointment for Marx and wished him a swift recovery.
Despite Marx's absence, Nienaber believes there is enough depth at the hooker position, with Bongi Mbonambi and Deon in the squad, while Marco has been training as a hooker and is listed as an option on all team sheets thus far.
In the upcoming match against Romania, Mbonambi will start as the hooker, with Fourie as his replacement on the bench. Van Staden has been named to start among the loose forwards.