Rugby-Springbok duo off as injuries mount up in World Cup final

Tom Curry of England tackles Mbongeni Mbonambi of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.
Tom Curry of England tackles Mbongeni Mbonambi of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.
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South Africa hooker Mbongeni Mbonambi and lock Lood de Jager were both forced from the field in the first half of the Rugby World Cup final against England on Saturday after being injured in tackles.

Mbonambi was attempting to tackle lock Courtney Lawes when he was kneed in the head and lay motionless on the field at Yokohama Stadium after just over 20 minutes, while de Jager appeared to have dislocated his shoulder while tackling number eight Billy Vunipola.

Malcolm Marx and Franco Mostert replaced the pair.

England were dealt a blow in the third minute when prop Kyle Sinckler was knocked out cold when he made contact with team mate Maro Itoje's shoulder and fell to the ground, with referee Jerome Garces immediately calling a halt to play.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Tony Lawrence)

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