Higginbotham in doubt for Bok test
Australia suffered another blow ahead of their Castle Rugby Championship match against the Springboks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday with reserve loose forward Scott Higginbotham set to be ruled out of the game.
Higginbotham, who was named on the bench, tweaked his back in training on Thursday and will be given until Saturday morning to prove his fitness, but at the moment it seems unlikely he will make the match-22.
The Wallabies already lost hooker Stephen Moore in the week and had to overcome a bout of gastro that hit up to six members of the team as well as certain members of management, and have had the cloud of Quade Cooper’s comments hanging over their heads all week.
If Higginbotham is indeed ruled out, he will be replaced by utility back Mike Harris, and the bench will revert back from a five-two to a four-three split between forwards and backs.
It will also be a personal blow to the loose forward, who also had to withdraw in 2010 with a back injury hours before the game at Loftus Versfeld, and whose only other appearance at the stadium was in the Reds' 61-8 defeat at the hands of the Bulls.