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Alberts called up by Springboks in Rugby Championship

Associated Press Associated Press 11/09/2016
FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 file photo, South Africa's Springboks player Lood de Jager, center, and New Zealand's Wallabies player Stephen Moore, left, compete for the ball during the Rugby Championship match between the Springboks and the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. South Africa has called up flanker Willem Alberts as a replacement for injured lock de Jager ahead of its next Rugby Championship test against New Zealand. De Jager suffered a knee injury during the Springboks' 23-17 loss to Australia in Brisbane on Saturday and is likely to be out of action for two weeks. (Dave Hunt/AAP Image via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 file photo, South Africa's Springboks player Lood de Jager, center, and New Zealand's Wallabies player Stephen Moore, left, compete for the ball during the Rugby Championship match between the Springboks and the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. South Africa has called up flanker Willem Alberts as a replacement for injured lock de Jager ahead of its next Rugby Championship test against New Zealand. De Jager suffered a knee injury during the Springboks' 23-17 loss to Australia in Brisbane on Saturday and is likely to be out of action for two weeks. (Dave Hunt/AAP Image via AP, File)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — South Africa has called up flanker Willem Alberts as a replacement for injured lock Lood de Jager ahead of its next Rugby Championship test against New Zealand.

De Jager suffered a knee injury during the Springboks' 23-17 loss to Australia in Brisbane on Saturday and is likely to be out of action for two weeks. Additional injuries to backrowers Siya Kolisi and Sikhumbuzo Notshe prompted South Africa to summon the versatile Alberts as a loose forward replacement rather than to seek a lock.

A 38-test veteran who currently plays in France for Stade Francais, Alberts will join the Springboks on Monday ahead of Saturday's test in Christchurch.

Meanwhile, flanker Sam Cane suffered a hamstring injury during the All Blacks' 57-22 win over Argentina on Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks.

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