Rugby World Cup 2019: Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi back on track for Japan

South Africa will have captain Siya Kolisi back for their one-off test against Argentina at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday morning [NZT].

Kolisi missed the Springboks' victorious Rugby Championship campaign with a knee injury, but played his first game in four months in the Currie Cup for Western Province last week.

Coach Rassie Erasmus is keen to reintroduce his star forward slowly.

"He is a guy we desperately want to be involved on Saturday and we will involve him, but it will be limited minutes. 

"We won't rush him - we need to carefully manage his return." 

Flanker Kolisi, the Boks' first black test captain and an influential figure, on and off the pitch, injured his knee playing Super Rugby in May. His place in the national side was taken by Kwagga Smith during the Rugby Championship.

The match against Argentina, whom the Boks beat 46-13 in Salta to win the Southern Hemisphere title last weekend, will be the last before Erasmus names his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, starting next month.

"This is the last 80 minutes we will have before reaching Japan," Erasmus said. "Then we have only one match there, before playing New Zealand [September 21], so this match is very important to the campaign." 


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