South Africa add Robert Ebersohn to squad for four-nation tournament
Last Updated: 03/06/13 10:30pm
Robert Ebersohn in try-scoring action for the Cheetahs
South Africa have called Cheetahs centre Robert Ebersohn into their squad for the four-nation Test tournament that also involves Scotland.
Ebersohn was a surprise omission from Heyneke Meyer's original 34-man squad but gets his chance because of a series of injuries that have struck ahead of Saturday's clash with Italy in Durban.
Western Stormers centre Juan de Jongh will definitely miss out at King's Park because of a finger injury and Meyer also has doubts over captain Jean de Villiers (hamstring) and JJ Engelbrecht (quad).
Ebersohn will join the Springbok squad in Durban on Tuesday morning and could stick around with the party if any of the injured players turn out to join the list of absentees.
"Robert's been awesome this year," Meyer said. "He usually plays 13 and I thought he was probably the one guy I felt was very unlucky not to be in the (initial) squad.
"Obviously it's a concern. I'm especially concerned about the centre position, because suddenly there's three guys that can't train.
"But, we've got a good medical team and I'm hopeful Jean and JJ will be ready. You obviously want your captain there and the experience in as well."
Meyer also rested Bulls captain Pierre Spies, Francois Louw and Pieter-Steph du Toit from training on Monday but that was purely precautionary.
South Africa face Italy on Saturday and then Scotland in Nelspruit on June 15 with the best two teams meeting in the final of the tournament in Pretoria on June 22 - Samoa complete the line-up.