Springboks suffer massive blow as star hooker Malcolm Marx ruled out of World Cup

Malcolm Marx of South Africa takes part in the South Africa captain's run ahead of their rugby test match against New Zealand at Mt Smart in Auckland

File. The 29-year-old Malcolm Marx, broke down with a reported lame leg this week ahead of Sunday's second Rugby World Cup pool match against Romania. Picture: Michael Bradley/AFP

Published Sep 14, 2023

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The Springboks’ chances of defending their Rugby World Cup title has taken an asteroid-sized hit after star hooker Malcolm Marx was ruled out of the tournament with injury on Thursday.

The 29-year-old Marx, arguably the best hooker on the planet and a massive member of the Springboks squad, broke down with a reported lame leg this week ahead of Sunday's second pool match against Romania.

SA Rugby has yet to confirm the tournament-ending injury, but according to reports Marx suffered a knee injury.

Stormers No 2 Joseph Dweba is on the Springboks’ standby list and could replace Marx in the squad.

Bongi Mbonambi was on Wednesday selected to start and lead a much-changed Springboks side against Romania. He will now become the Boks’ first-choice hooker.

Deon Fourie, who hasn’t played hooker since 2018, will be on the bench against Romania, with the Springboks hoping that nothing serious happens to their remaining hookers in the team.

But Marx is a massive blow in the context of a World Cup-winning effort. He is some player, who not only excels in his primary job, but is also proven to be an ace poacher at the breakdown and destructive ball-carrier during his 64 Test matches for the Springboks.

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