South Africa hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle has been passed fit for the forthcoming Rugby Championship clashes with Australia and New Zealand and will leave with the rest of the squad on Saturday.
Ralepelle, who injured his back during a gym session on the morning of the Springboks' 73-13 win over Argentina at Soccer City earlier this month, was ruled out of the tour to Argentina. He has rejoined the squad at the training camp in Johannesburg this week and according to Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts, he should be fit for selection for the clash with Australia in Brisbane in September 7.
"Chiliboy stayed behind in South Africa to undergo rehabilitation while we went to Argentina and he responded very well," said Roberts. "On Friday we progressed with his rehabilitation and he did some fitness and running on the field. We're happy with his progress."
Apart from Ralepelle, Bjorn Basson (wing) and Jean de Villiers (centre and captain) took little or no part in training in the last two days. Basson was forced to leave the field with a wrist injury against Argentina in Mendoza, while De Villiers has been in bed with flu.