Springbok No.8 Pierre Spies is on his way to New Zealand and will make is long-awaited return to competitive rugby for the Bulls on their Australasian leg of the Super 14.
Rugby 365 reports that Spies was given the all-clear to return to action after being forced off the field for a pulmonary embolism he sustained before last year’s World Cup and has immediately left for Auckland to join up with his Super 14 teammates.
Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag revealed the news and quoted Spies’ uncle Dawie, who represents the family as saying that the No.8 was raring to go.
“It’s a wonderful day for our family to get such news. Pierre was at several specialists and they all gave him the all clear to play again,” Dawie Spies told Sondag.
“He left on the next flight to New Zealand,” he added.
Spies was never absolutely sure of his illness, after he coughed up blood in a Springbok training session, but Dawie Spies said he had followed a disciplined rehabilitation regime.
“The fact that the entire country also prayed for him to get better and the fact that the specialists could find nothing, is a miracle,” Spies’ uncle said.
“We however followed the rehabilitation programme as suggested by SA Rugby as a precaution and it is wonderful that he is back,” he added.Tweet