Malcolm Marx lines up a Jaguares defender during a Super Rugby match. Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - Lions hooker Malcolm Marx will miss next month’s Tests against Wales and England after being sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring tear.

The 2017 SA Rugby Player of the Year picked up the injury while playing for the Lions against the Hurricanes in a Super Rugby match in Wellington last Saturday. He left the field early in the match as the Lions crashed to a second straight defeat on tour.

Scans done in Johannesburg earlier this week revealed Marx had picked up a “high grade hamstring tendon tear” and will not be able to play any rugby for at least six weeks. He does, however, not require surgery.

Marx was set to wear the Springbok No 2 shirt for the one off Test against Wales in Washington on June 2 and then again during the three Test series against England after that. He will now most likely miss all those matches and only return to action when Super Rugby gets underway again at the end of June.

With Marx out, new Bok coach Rassie Erasmus will look to former Bok captain Adriaan Strauss, who he’ll have to get to come out of retirement to play Test rugby again, and possibly veteran Bismarck du Plessis, too, who plays for Montpellier in France.

Erasmus could also look to some new hookers like the Stormers’ Ramone Samuels or the Sharks’ Akker van der Merwe, while Scarra Ntubeni and Chiliboy Ralepelle will also be options. Last season’s backup to Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, is still sidelined and unlikely to feature next month.

IOL Sport

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