Injured South Africa hooker Malcolm Marx ruled out of Rugby World Cup

  • 64-times capped forward suffered knee injury in training
  • Springboks have no plans to call up a replacement

South Africa have announced Malcolm Marx has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby World Cup through injury.

The hooker sustained a knee injury in training and will not feature in any of the Springboks’ remaining fixtures, including Sunday’s match against Romania in Bordeaux.

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Rassie Erasmus: ‘Winning the World Cup is nice – but the most beautiful thing is what we have created’

South Africa’s director of rugby on why transforming the sport in his country was more important than World Cup success, the reason he picked Kolisi as captain and why he is ashamed his Lions’ referee video hurt anyone

The game was almost over but, right in front of me on the Twickenham touchline, Rassie Erasmus kept working. South Africa’s director of rugby, who had coached the Springboks to victory in the 2019 World Cup with a side representing every corner of a divided country, kept leading his players against the All Blacks. Using coloured cones, hand signals and verbal instructions, via the water‑carriers, Erasmus was relentless.

His intensity echoed the interview we had done the previous night when Erasmus described his fear of embarrassment, his reputation as the most controversial coach in world rugby, the pain of living with an alcoholic father and why his role in the transformation of South African rugby mattered more to him than winning the World Cup. Eighty minutes into our conversation, Erasmus turned towards New Zealand at Twickenham – his team’s last match before the World Cup.

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