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Malcolm Marx of South Africa during the South Africa men's national rugby team training session at Twickenham Stoop. /CFP

Springboks’ Malcolm Marx to miss rest of Rugby World Cup due to injury

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Springboks hooker Malcolm Marx will miss the remainder of the 2023 Rugby World Cup after suffering a knee injury.

In a statement, the Springboks said Marx went down during training on Wednesday after having his knee caught in contact. The 29-year-old was sent for scans and not included in South Africa’s matchday squad to face Romania in Bordeaux on Sunday.

“With the Springboks having the luxury of an enlarged 33-man squad in France for the international showpiece, and sufficient cover at hooker within the squad, he will not be replaced in the squad at this stage,” the statement said.

Along with Bongi Mbonambi, Marx is only one of two specialist hookers in the Springboks squad.

Marx is the latest injury concern for the reigning champions. Lock Eben Etzebeth was ruled out for seven to 10 days with a shoulder injury and will miss the game against Romania. He, however, is expected to be back in time for the crunch game against Ireland.

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