Boks captain ruled out
Hamstring injury means Smit will miss Saturday's first Test
Last Updated: 14/06/10 2:35pm
South Africa captain John Smit is to miss Saturday's clash with Italy at Witbank after suffering a hamstring injury.
Smit picked up the injury in the 42-17 thrashing of France in Cape Town, with Bulls hooker Bandise Maku called up to the squad as cover.
Smit is expected to be fit again in time for the second Test, with Victor Matfield set to captain the side in the interim.
"Victor is a great leader. He led the side when we won in Dunedin for the first time and he did a great job in the second half against France," said coach Peter de Villiers.
"He has also proven himself many times as a leader in Vodacom Super 14 and Absa Currie Cup rugby."
De Villiers has also recalled prop CJ van der Linde to his squad but Danie Rossouw, Jaque Fourie and Wynand Olivier have been released.
He said: "Danie has played a lot of rugby in recent weeks and this is an opportunity to give him some recovery time.
"He is the first-choice lock at the moment but are we lucky to have Bakkies Botha available among the three locks that we can consider for the Test.
"Jaque and Wynand have also played a lot of rugby and we are so fortunate to have so many top centres to choose from too."
Flanker Schalk Burger is struggling with an ankle problem, but he is likely to be fit for selection with de Villiers revealing his match-day line-up on Tuesday.