Two injury blows for Springboks
Vodacom Blue Bulls Tighthead prop, Marcel van der Merwe, will not be joining the Springboks for their 2014 end of year rugby tests in Europe, after sustaining a knee injury.
Van der Merwe was injured during his side Currie Cup semi-final defeat against the DHL Western Province Stormers last weekend and will be side-lined for up to six weeks.
“He fell awkwardly in the last few minutes of the game,” Blue Bulls doctor, Org Strauss said.
“He has a Grade 2 medial ligament tear, luckily not the same knee that has given him problems in the past.
Saracens hooker, Schalk Brits, has also been ruled out of the Euro tour after he injured his knee during Saturday’s game against Clermont Auvergne.
"Schalk is due to have surgery and will then commence rehabilitation with the club's medical staff," head of medicine Joe Collins said on the club website.
"Brits is not expected to return until well into the new year."
The Springboks will play test matches against Ireland on the 8th of November, England on the 15th of November, Italy on the 22nd of November and Wales on the 29th of November.
Photo Caption: Marcel van der Merwe will not be available for the Sprongboks for the end of year Euro tests. Photo courtesy of www.vebidoo.de
Toyota Free State Cheetah coach, Naka Drotske, has announced his team who will be taking on the Cell C Sharks for their Super Rugby match in Bloemfontein on Saturday afternoon.
DHL Western Province Stormers coach, Allister Coetzee, is worried about the availability of lock, Eben Etzebeth for this week’s Super Rugby match.
Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby, Gary Gold, has defended centre Frans Steyn’s aggressive tactics used in the Super Rugby match against the DHL Western Province Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.
Emirates Golden Lions coach, Johan Ackermann, has announced his team that will be facing the Blues for their 2015 Super Rugby match at the North Harbour Stadium in Auckland on Saturday.
Toyota Free State Cheetahs fullback, Willie le Roux, has said that there currently is good energy within his team, who are preparing for their fourth 2015 Super Rugby match against the Vodacom Blue Bulls at the Free State Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Emirates Golden Lions Rugby Union has let former Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Madibaz coach, Brent Janse van Rensburg, out of his current contract in order for him to join the Eastern Province Kings as their defence coach.
Vodacom Blue Bulls loose forward, Arno Botha, has been recovering well from his pectoral muscle tear and will be returning to training next week.
DHL Western Province Stormers coach, Allister Coetzee, has announced his team who will take on the Emirates Golden Lions for their third Super Rugby match at the Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon.
Emirates Golden Lions coach, Johan Ackermann, has made several changes to his team for the Super Rugby match against the DHL Western Province Stormers at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.
DHL Western Province Stormers captain, Duane Vermeulen, has said that he is very happy with the way his team performed in their second Super Rugby match against the Blues at Newlands this past weekend, where they won 27-16.