Springbok scrumhalf Grant Williams will likely be out of motion “for no less than two weeks” after struggling a concussion within the opening minute of the 2023 Rugby Championship win over Argentina on Saturday.

A part of the build-up to the final-round match in Johannesburg had been devoted to the dynamic Williams making his first begin for the world champions.

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However simply 10 seconds after the kick-off, the speedy halfback was concussed in a collision with Pumas fullback Juan Cruz Mallia and stretchered off.

He later appeared on the Bok bench to applause from the Ellis Park crowd.

“Grant was out chilly so I feel there may be positively concussion. I don’t know the extent of it, however he’ll in all probability be out for no less than two weeks,” Nienaber mentioned.

Williams was overlooked of the squad that travelled to Buenos Aires for the primary World Cup warm-up match in opposition to Los Pumas. Jaden Hendrikse, Cobus Reinach and Herschel Jantjies have been included within the 26-player squad for the Check on Saturday, 5 August.

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