Injured Malan’s fighting spirit impresses Lienert-Brown

Henry

Le Roux Malan confirmed to the All Blacks’ Anton Lienert-Brown that his injury could have been much worse.

The New Zealander visited the 24-year-old Namibian in the hospital after his successful ankle operation.

Malan slipped in the 18th minute of Namibia’s World Cup clash against New Zealand on Friday while trying to stop Beauden Barrett in his tracks. He immediately grabbed his right ankle and medical personnel were hurriedly summoned.

Play was stopped for almost ten minutes while he received treatment on the field. Players and spectators later clapped as one man as he was carried off the playing field on a stretcher.

The Namibians confirmed a while later that he broke and dislocated his ankle.

“However, it is much better than we thought. We initially thought that my tibia was messed up, but now I’m only going to be sidelined for four to six months. It almost feels unreal,” Malan said.

According to the 24-year-old player, his left foot slipped while his right foot stuck in the grass surface.

“When I made contact with Beauden, it broke. It’s a freak accident.”

The All Blacks also presented the Namibian with a special inside center jersey – signed by the entire team.

“I understand what he has to go through. I also had major shoulder surgery earlier. However, it is good to see him so positively and there is definitely mutual respect between the two rugby teams,” said Lienert-Brown.

De Groot suspended for two games

A disciplinary committee suspended Ethan de Groot for two matches after he was sent off with a red card in the match against Namibia.

Match officials ruled that the All Blacks prop did not use his arms in one of his tackles and the bunker system saw his initial yellow card upgraded to red card status.

The suspension means that De Groot can only get a chance to play again in the quarter-finals.