Former Munster prop joins Rassie Erasmus' Springboks World Cup squad

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Former Munster prop joins Rassie Erasmus' Springboks World Cup squad

Former Munster prop Thomas Du Toit has been called into the South African World Cup squad

A FORMER Munster prop has joined up with South Africa's Rugby World Cup squad in Japan.

Twenty four-year-old Thomas Du Toit has been called into the Springboks squad by Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus as an injury replacement for the injured Trevor Nyakane.

Du Toit spent time at Munster in the 2016/2017 season on a three-month contract, making his debut as a replacement in November 2016 in the side's 46-3 Pro 12 win against Treviso at Thomond Park.

The Cape Town native went to make six appearances in all for Munster.

Three more former Munster employees, Felix Jones, Jacques Nienaber and Aled Walters are also part of the Springboks World Cup backroom team.

Du Toit returned to the Sharks ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season, where he has made over 20 Super Rugby appearances since his debut in 2014 against the Cheetahs.

Du Toit can play both loose and tight-head, has also represented the Barbarians and South Africa 'A', and played in two U20s World Championships.

Cell C Sharks prop du Toit replaces Nyakane who tore his right calf in the 23-13 defeat by New Zealand in Yokohama on Saturday night.

Du Toit, who was on a short-term loan to Toulouse, was on standby and had been involved in preparations right up until the team’s departure for Japan.

He is expected to join the squad in Nagoya on Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s very tough on Trevor,” Rassie Erasmus said.

“He has had a great season and added value whenever he took the field. It’s a blow to him and the team, but it’s also an opportunity for Thomas and for Vincent (Koch) who now have the chance to step up.”

The Springboks continue their Rugby World Cup campaign against Namibia in Nagoya on Saturday.