Unconfirmed media reports on Thursday have suggested that Springbok lock Bakkies Botha's injury may be serious enough to rule him out of the World Cup.
The 31-year-old is a crucial member of the squad, forming a partnership in the second row with Victor Matfield that is regarded as the best in the world.
It is feared that Botha's Achilles tendon injury is worse than it was originally expected and could spell the end of his participation before the tournament has even begun.
This would be a major blow to the Boks, who have already lost forwards Andries Bekker and Juan Smith to serious injuries.
SARU officials were unable to confirm nor deny the reports ahead of the team announcement for the Wales Test on Sunday.
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