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Faf de Klerk to miss the first six weeks of the Premiership season

Faf de Klerk’s English club says it won’t be a problem if he stays with the Springboks for the entire Rugby Championship campaign.

It was earlier reported that the Sale Sharks were not eager for the scrumhalf to play in all six of South Africa’s matches in the southern hemisphere competition.

However, Sale’s director for rugby, Steve Diamond, on Friday told the Rugby Pass website that they were willing to play their first six matches of the Premiership campaign without De Klerk.

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus was yet to indicate whether he intends to utilise De Klerk for the entire Rugby Championship campaign.

Diamond said: “If we miss him for four to six games then so be it. We will get him back in October and off we go. I am happy for Faf to stay for the Rugby Championship and if Rassie decides to try other scrumhalves then we will get him back and that would be a bonus.”

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