Pietersen setback for Boks
Winger ruled out tour with hamstring injury
Last Updated: October 22, 2010 8:18am
South Africa have suffered another injury blow ahead of their end-of-year tour after JP Pietersen was ruled out.
The 24-year-old Sharks winger damaged his hamstring in Currie Cup action and will now miss the trip to Europe, which sees the Springboks take on Wales, England, Ireland, Scotland and the Barbarians.
Pietersen now joins Wynand Olivier, who needs surgery on a groin injury, and Jaque Fourie in missing the tour - with coach Peter de Villiers now weighing up possible replacements.
De Villiers is particularly short in the centres, with Adrian Jacobs, Juan de Jongh and Jean de Villiers the only midfield options in the current training squad.
South Africa training group (overseas-based players were not considered) - Backs: Gio Aplon, Bjorn Basson, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Francois Hougaard, Adrian Jacobs, Elton Jantjies, Ricky Januarie, Zane Kirchner, Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, Morne Steyn.
Forwards: Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Burger, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Dean Greyling, Alistair Hargreaves, Ashley Johnson, Ryan Kankowski, Werner Kruger, Victor Matfield, Gerhard Mostert, Tendai Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen , Dewald Potgieter, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Danie Rossouw, Juan Smith, Adriaan Strauss, Pierre Spies, Deon Stegman, CJ van der Linde, Flip van der Merwe, Duane Vermeulen.