Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said: “Losing a player with Jannie’s experience and ability is a big setback, but we’re lucky to have someone like Lourens to step in. He’s been part of the squad for almost the entire Test season and was one of the unlucky players to miss out on initial selection.”
“Jannie went for an MRI scan on his shoulder, while we also reviewed his recent hand injury with his specialist,” said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts. He will only be ready for the Test against France and as player welfare is very important to us, we decided not to risk him on this tour.”
Du Plessis will be replaced by uncapped Griquas prop Lourens Adriaanse who has travelled with the Boks before in this year’s Rugby Championship.