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South Africa skipper Siya Kolisi cleared to face Wales

Siya Kolisi during last year's Autumn International at the Principality Stadium Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images

South Africa skipper Siya Kolisi has received a citing commissioner warning but will be available for next Saturday's clash against Wales in Cardiff.

Kolisi was given the warning by match citing commissioner David Pelton for striking Scotland back Peter Horne with his head during the Springboks' 26-20 victory at Murrayfield two days ago.

But the flanker has avoided being cited and facing a subsequent disciplinary hearing.

Having reviewed the video angles, the citing commissioner determined that there were mitigating factors which meant that the action did not meet the red card threshold, including the player being illegally prevented from rejoining the play by Scotland's Peter Horne and the moderate force of the strike to the side of the head.

The match officials did not see the incident at the time on the field of play.

– World Rugby statement

It means that Kolisi can spearhead South Africa's bid for only a second win in their last six games against Wales.

He's our captain, and to have him available from the beginning of the week is good because sometimes these things can take a while as they look for clarity. As with all the other incidents all over the world in rugby, my view is irrelevant. It would not change anything.

I am just glad he is available and that the guy involved in it on the other side is OK. Whatever I think, we always have to listen to what World Rugby says. In this instance, they decided he can play.

– Rassie Erasmus, South Africa rugby director

Erasmus, meanwhile, has described Wales as the Springboks' toughest opponent of their northern hemisphere tour, which has so far seen them lose to England by a point before beating France and Scotland.

They gave Scotland a comfortable beating and they beat Australia. It will be a tough match. We had four tough matches on this tour, and although we lost against England, I think this is the toughest one.

What I can see clearly in this cycle is the way he (Wales head coach Warren Gatland) is building depth for the World Cup.

Those of us who have been at World Cups know that you might feel you have the most solid squad in the world, but two months before it you lose two 10s or nines, and all of a sudden you are in trouble.

He seems to be having three proper nines and 10s, different guys who can play 15, a good front-row and back-up in vital positions. I rate him as a coach. He is building a quality squad with Wales.

I think it (World Cup) will be an open race next year.

We saw what happened with Ireland beating New Zealand. We managed to pip New Zealand, Scotland almost had New Zealand last year and England almost had them this month.

The clear favourites are New Zealand and Ireland, but Wales are one of those teams hovering there - almost the silent assassin at this stage.

– Rassie Erasmus, South Africa rugby director