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Boks appeal against Botha ban, not Burger's

Boks appeal against Botha ban, not Burger's

South Africa has decided to appeal against Bakkies Botha's two-week ban which left Lions prop Adam Jones with a dislocated shoulder but will not contest Schalk Burger's eight-week suspension for eye-gouging winger Luke Fitzgerald.
The world champions have received the official reports from the two hearings that followed South Africa's series-clinching 28-25 victory on Saturday and assistant coach Dick Muir said on Tuesday they would try and get Botha's ban overturned so he could play in the third test at Ellis Park July 4.
"We certainly don't see any wrong-doing in that challenge and, if it wasn't for the injury which came from it, I don't think anything would have been said about it," Muir said. "It is a major concern for us."
Burger was showed the yellow card and sent to the sinbin for his foul play against Fitzgerald during a ruck only 32 seconds into the game. Back from a calf muscle, Burger was making his 50th appearance for the Boks but his first test against the Lions.
Meanwhile Blue Bulls fullback Zane Kirchner and flanker Dewald Potgieter have been invited to train with the Springboks this week. South Africa names its starting lineup for the third test on Thursday, the same day the Lions announce theirs.


Updated : 2021-05-06 07:05 GMT+08:00