NAGOYA – When Trevor Nyakane hobbled off the International Stadium Yokohama pitch on Saturday night, he probably knew his World Cup was over.
Having made a positive impact on the South Africa pack when he came on in the second half against New Zealand, the Bulls man will have felt devastated.
He had worked hard to recover from a minor injury before the tournament, and then experienced the joy of the birth of his first child, daughter Thando, back in South Africa.
Nyakane jetted back to Japan to take his place among the replacements against the All Blacks, but he will return home after sustaining a torn right calf muscle in the 23-13 defeat.
He has been replaced by Thomas du Toit, who is scheduled to join the Springbok squad in Nagoya on Tuesday.