The Springboks will have to use a third halfback partnership in as many games when they face the All Blacks in Durban on Saturday.
Coach Allister Coetzee yesterday had to call up the Blue Bulls’ Piet van Zyl after scrumhalf Rudy Paige was ruled out with concussion.
Paige was one of three backline players who left the field bruised in their 18-10 win over the Wallabies last weekend, but luckily for Coetzee, the others — Bryan Habana (thigh) and Jesse Kriel (groin) — have not yet been ruled out and will be monitored throughout the week.
Should the pair not be passed fit, the Boks will be short of options who can slot easliy onto the wing, with JP Pietersen unavailable and Ruan Combrinck still injured.
Coetzee now has a scrumhalf conundrum – does he pick Faf de Klerk, who will have to adjust to playing alongside Morné Steyn, or does he move Francois Hougaard from the left wing to the No.9 position?
Meanwhile, Western Province midfielder Damian de Allende has rejoined the national squad ahead of the match against he world champs, with Lions hooker Malcolm Marx also back in the mix for this weekend.