Rugby World Cup: Namibia coach heaps praise on All Blacks for 'unbelievable' gesture after horror injury

Namibia are to bring in a replacement for centre Le Roux Malan, who has had successful surgery after suffering a sickening ankle fracture and dislocation during Saturday's 71-3 loss to the All Blacks in their Rugby World Cup pool A fixture in Toulouse.

Malan was injured when he slipped on the wet turf as he tried to tackle fullback Beauden Barrett. After a lengthy stoppage, Malan was taken from the field on a stretcher after 18 minutes to applause from around the ground.

"From a physical point of view, he was operated on last night. There's a fracture and a dislocation, so it's quite tough for him," coach Allister Coetzee said.

"The sooner they did the operation, the better for his recovery and also for the season ahead. It was a very successful operation."

Coetzee said the All Blacks had gifted Malan a signed jersey from their entire squad.

Le Roux Malan is carted off the field against the All Blacks.
Le Roux Malan is carted off the field against the All Blacks. Photo credit: Getty Images

"That is not just saying the ethos and the culture and the values of rugby, but actually living and feeling it," he said.

"That to me is unbelievable of the All Blacks to do something like that."

Coetzee added the team felt bad for Malan as a game against the All Blacks "is a game that every boy dreams of playing in."

The coach confirmed they will name a replacement in the coming days.

"We will make the call shortly. It will be an outside back. We've got a couple of names that's up for discussion now in our coaches meeting," he said.

Malan was born in Windhoek but schooled at Paarl Boys High outside Cape Town, which is noted for producing South African internationals.

He had a spell in the academy of the Durban-based Sharks, where he also broke his ankle but now plays for the New England Free Jacks in Major League Rugby in the United States.

"The Free Jacks family stands by Le Roux as he navigates the recovery progress," his club said in a statement.