Le Roux Malan was already successfully operated on on Friday evening after sustaining a serious ankle injury in Namibia’s World Cup match against the All Blacks in Toulouse.
The inside center slipped in the 18th minute of the clash as he tried 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 Malan received treatment on the field. Players and spectators later clapped as one man as he was carried off the playing field on a stretcher.
Allister Coetzee confirmed that Malan dislocated and broke his ankle.
“It must be very difficult for him. They had to operate as soon as possible – especially when you think about his recovery path and the rest of the season. However, according to the doctor, the operation was a great success,” said Namibia’s coach.
The All Blacks wished Malan well on social media, while coach Ian Foster also had a message ready during the media session after the match.
“It is never good to see such an injury and we are definitely thinking about Le Roux Malan.”
The Kiwis also presented the Namibian with a special inside center jersey – signed by the entire team.
“This is an incredible gesture from the All Blacks and it speaks volumes of the sporting spirit at the World Cup,” said Coetzee.
The 24-year-old Malan is a former pupil of Paarl Boys’ High and he plays his club rugby in the USA these days for the New England Free Jacks.
The Boston rugby team also had a special message ready for their player.
“The Free Jacks rugby family is firmly behind Le Roux as he navigates the recovery process. We ask that he be given the necessary time and respect and we thank everyone for their get-well messages,” the club said on social media.
Namibia play France in their next match on Thursday.