Sunday 17 December 2017

Injury setback for Habana

South Africa wing Bryan Habana will play no further part on the tour of Ireland and Britain after breaking a bone in his hand during training.

Habana suffered the injury during a defensive drill when he fell awkwardly. His place for Saturday's Test match against Scotland has been taken by Lwazi Mvovo, with Adi Jacobs drafted in among the replacements. Coach Peter de Villiers had earlier announced three changes to the starting XV, with one positional switch.

Full-back Zane Kirchner, scrum-half Francois Hougaard and No 8 Ryan Kankowski come into the side, while Gio Aplon switches to the wing after playing at full-back in last Saturday's 29-25 win over Wales in Cardiff.

Scrum-half Ruan Pienaar drops to the bench, while No 8 Pierre Spies drops out of the 22 altogether.

Elsewhere, Sebastien Chabal has been recalled to the France XV for Saturday's Test against Argentina in Montpellier.

Chabal, who was on the bench for the weekend win over Fiji, comes in at No 8 with Imanol Harinordoquy, who skippered the side in Nantes, having to settle for a place among the replacements.

Ryan Jones has regained the Wales captaincy and will take charge of a much-changed team against Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on Friday night. If flanker Dan Lydiate wins his fitness race to overcome an ankle problem, there will be nine changes from the side beaten by South Africa.

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