Rhodes returns from Australasia due to hamstring tear

BY NATALI IVERSON - APRIL 13, 2015

Western Province Stormers utility forward, Michael Rhodes, will be returning home from the Stormers' Super Rugby tour in Australasia, after suffering from a hamstring tear during the team’s 32-18 win against the Waratahs in Sydney over the weekend.

Rhodes was forced to leave the field in the 33rd minute and will now be facing eight weeks on the side-lines.

This has been Rhodes second injury during the 2015 Super Rugby. He injured his knee whilst playing their Super Rugby game against the Emirates Golden Lions at the end of February.

Sikhumbuzo Notshe will be replacing him for the rest of the Cape side’s tour in Perth.

“Michael has a grade 2/3 hamstring tear and will be out of action for at least six weeks,” Stormers coach, Allister Coetzee said on the team’s official website.

“It’s a huge blow to the team and to Mike, who brings a physical edge to the Stormers pack.

“Thankfully, however, we have a strong squad system at the Stormers and you could see that in the performance of Siya Kolisi on Saturday - he put his body on the line for the team, as did everyone around him.

“Notshe joined us on tour as a replacement last year (too), so this isn’t new to him. He’s been in great form for our unbeaten Vodacom Cup team, having also made giant strides during the 2014 Currie Cup.”

The Stormers will finish off their four-match tour when they take on the Western Force at the nib Stadium in Perth this coming Saturday afternoon.

 

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