- Malcolm Marx’s significant knee injury has ruled him out of the Rugby World Cup 2023, posing a challenge for the Springboks’ campaign.
- The team has opted not to seek an immediate replacement, placing their trust in the available hooker options, which include Bongi Mbonambi, Deon Fourie, and Marco van Staden.
- The Springboks will assess their needs for the remainder of the tournament and may consider additional player call-ups later in the week.
South Africa’s Rugby World Cup 2023 campaign has been dealt a significant blow with the news that experienced hooker Malcolm Marx will be sidelined for the entirety of the tournament due to a severe knee injury he suffered during a training session.
During a routine training session, Malcolm Marx, who boasts an impressive 69 international caps, suffered a “long-term” knee injury. The injury occurred when his knee became entangled in contact, resulting in a significant setback for Marx and the Springboks.
Head coach Jacques Nienaber expressed deep disappointment for Marx and extended his best wishes for a full recovery. He acknowledged Marx’s dedication to reaching peak form for the tournament, making the injury all the more tragic.
Nienaber assured that the team would maintain contact with Marx and provide him with the necessary support throughout his rehabilitation journey. This level of support is consistent with the team’s approach to all injured players, including Lukhanyo Am, Handre Pollard, and Lood de Jager.
First and foremost, we are extremely disappointed for Malcolm, and we wish him all the best in his recovery
Hooker Replacement Decision
In response to Marx’s injury, the South African team has not immediately replaced him with another hooker. The decision stems from their belief that they already possess sufficient depth at the hooker position within the existing squad.
The squad includes Bongi Mbonambi and Deon Fourie as options for the hooker position. Additionally, Marco van Staden, typically a utility forward, has been training as a hooker, offering further versatility to the squad.