NAGOYA – Thomas du Toit will arrive in Japan on Tuesday and will have no trouble slotting into the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup set-up, said forwards coach Matt Proudfoot on Monday.
The 130kg Cell C Sharks prop has been called into the squad to replace Trevor Nyakane, who tore a calf muscle in Saturday’s Pool B opener against New Zealand.
Du Toit has kept in shape on a short-term loan to Cheslin Kolbe’s French club, Toulouse, and was on South Africa’s standby list.
“Thomas is someone who has been with us for a period of time in the build-up,” said Proudfoot.
“He can play both sides [of the scrum], which was important in our decision. Trevor fulfilled that role for us, so it was important to have someone who could play both sides.