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Springboks’ star centre Lukhanyo Am replaces injured Makazole Mapimpi at World Cup

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Star Springboks’ centre Lukhanyo Am will replace the injured Makazole Mapimpi at the Rugby World Cup.

The official X account of the Rugby World Cup posted a picture with the caption “AM IS BACK”, saying the midfielder will replace Mapimpi, who sustained a a fracture to his face following the Springboks’ bruising encounter against Tonga.

Am missed out on the original Springboks’ World Cup squad after sustaining a knee injury in a Test against Argentina. But he was put on a standby list with the likes of Handre Pollard.

Now both Am and Pollard are back in the squad after the flyhalf previously replaced Malcolm Marx in the squad following the hooker’s World Cup-ending knee injury.

Before Am’s injury he wasn’t quite as his best, as he was also making his way back from a different knee injury. But, when in form, Am us arguably the best outside centre on the planet and a huge player for the Springboks.

On attack he has beautiful and hands and feet, with his ability to find those gaps and also assist the speedsters on the outside with great passing.

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On defence, he is key to the Springboks’ rush, as he is a superb reader of the game and a guy who snuffs out attacks before it gets going.

However, he hasn’t played any rugby for a couple of months and it will be interesting to see his match fitness.

The Springboks again resisted the temptation of getting a specialist hooker, with the team happy to move on with the retreaded Deon Fourie, who was the Man of the Match against Tonga, and Marco van Staden.


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