This must have been a crushing blow for the young man who would have taken up a starting birth in the green and gold for his first world cup cap. But it is better to err on the side of caution. He will be in his prime, barring injury trouble, for the next world cup, so this may well not be his last chance.
He has been replaced by the Sharks live wire front ranker Bismarck Du Plessis, which is not necessarily a bad thing, because Jake White was worried about the fact that he only had two hookers in the squad.
South Africa start their world cap campaign against Samoa in Paris on the 9th of September.