He missed out on selection four years ago, and now Marcell Coetzee has to endure more Rugby World Cup heartbreak.
The Ulster loose forward was ruled out of contention for the Japanese showpiece on Monday due to injury.
And it’s not so much the head knock that forced him off after just 16 minutes in the first half of the 24-18 win over Argentina at Loftus Versfeld at the weekend.
The 28-year-old, who packed down at No 8 on Saturday, has sustained an ankle injury that will require surgery on Wednesday, SA Rugby said.
“He will be out of action for up to 12 weeks, which means he is also ruled out of contention for selection for the Springboks’ RWC squad,” their statement read.