Springbok out-half Lambie won’t return in time for decisive third Test against Ireland

SOUTH AFRICA OUT-HALF Patrick Lambie will miss the series-deciding third Test against Ireland in Port Elizabeth on Saturday as he has not recovered from concussion.

“Patrick is still experiencing symptoms of concussion and will not be available for selection,” said Springboks team doctor Konrad von Hagen.

Lambie was concussed in an aerial collision with Irish flanker CJ Stander during the first Test and missed the second, which the Springboks won to level the series.

Stander was red-carded after the incident but will be available for the Test at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium having served a one-match ban.

Elton Jantjies deputised for Lambie in the second Test, which South Africa won 32-26 in Johannesburg thanks to a dramatic last-quarter comeback.

Prop Trevor Nyakane (ankle) and loose forwards Duane Vermeulen (elbow) and Warren Whiteley (shoulder) will have scans to determine the extent of injuries sustained in the second international.

Lock Lood de Jager, who missed the Test because of a calf strain, is receiving physiotherapy and could be available for Port Elizabeth.

– © AFP 2016

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