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Springboks coming and going


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 26 May 2008 at 08:12

The comings and goings in the Springbok training camp at Somerset West have reached a hectic pace.

On Saturday evening Hein Adams, Jaque Fourie, Zane Kirchner, Fourie du Preez, Wikus van Heerden and Duanne Vermeulen all returned home where they will continue the rehabilitation process to mend their injuries.

News 24 reports that Schalk Burger, who lives fairly nearby to where the Springboks are based, will travel with the squad to Bloemfontein for the June 7 Test as a spectator.

On Monday, arrangements are in place for the Sharks players, whose names will only be made public on the same day, to join the training squad at Somerset West.

However, the real buzz at the Somerset West camp on Monday will be the arrival of the World Cup heroes John Smit, Percy Montgomery, Victor Matfield and Butch James.

It is very likely that Springbok captain Smit and Montgomery will only be available for the two Tests against Wales before returning to their clubs (Clermont and Perpignan respectively) in France, causing them to miss out on the Italy Test at Newlands later in June.

Were given the afternoon off

There will not be such problems for Matfield and James, both of whom have concluded their club contracts in Europe.

On Sunday morning the remainder of the training squad had a gym session and the players were given the afternoon off to relax.

On-field training will resume on Monday when two sessions will be held and then new Springbok assistant coach Dick Muir will make his debut at the team’s camp in Somerset West.

Chris Hewitt, the Springbok media liaison officer, said that the injury to Vermeulen was the one that was most disconcerting for the management staff.

The loose forward has sustained a disc lesion in the neck.

“It is expected that of all the injured players Vermeulen may be out the longest,” said Hewitt. “His injury is similar to what Schalk Burger has some time ago.

“It’s still not exactly sure what the damage is, and whether he may require surgery.” The Springboks will remain in Somerset West until next Sunday, when they will depart to set up a camp in Bloemfontein, the host centre for the first Test against Wales.

Sharksworld Note: Below is a summary of the injuries to the players listed above plus others from the OFM Sport website

Heini Adams
Injury: Lower leg – bone bruise
Time out: Awaiting Specialist Opinion
Unavailable for: Wales Test – Bfn

Schalk Burger
Injury: Right knee – Ligament tear
Time out: 4 weeks
Unavailable for: Wales Test – Bfn, Wales Test – Pta

Tonderai Chavhanga
Injury: Hamstring tear
Time out: +/- 1-2 weeks
Unavailable for: None, pending a fitness test

Jaque Fourie
Injury: Elbow – Medial ligament tear
Time out: Awaiting Specialist Opinion – +/- 4 weeks
Unavailable for: Wales Test – Bfn, Wales Test – Pta, Italy

Fourie du Preez
Injury: Fractured Hand
Time out: 6 weeks
Unavailable for: Wales Test – Bfn, Wales Test – Pta, Italy

Zane Kirchner
Injury: Groin
Time out: Surgery or 6-12 weeks
Unavailable for: Wales Test – Bfn, Wales Test – Pta, Italy

Chiliboy Ralepelle
Injury: Right knee – surgery successful
Time out: +/- 1-2 weeks
Unavailable for: None, pending a fitness test

Wikus van Heerden
Injury: Left knee – surgery successful
Time out: Awaiting Specialist Opinion – +/- 2 weeks
Unavailable for: Wales Test – Bfn

Duanne Vermeulen
Injury: Neck – Disc Lesion
Time out: Awaiting Specialist Opinion – may require surgery
Unavailable for: Wales Test – Bfn, Wales Test – Pta, Italy



6 Comments

  • I don’t like hearing about injuries but I do like the way that it has been summarised, that is the kind of info the supporters should be getting.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.05.08 08:50:41 by Ollie Reply
    OllieVodacom Cup player
     
  • @Ollie (Comment 1) :

    yeah i was impressed with that bit as well. I wasn’t so keen on the OFM article though as it was in Afrikaans and i wasn’t going to do all the translation.

    Obviously they also copied it from somewhere but they didn’t say where.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.05.08 11:10:09 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
     
  • How many of these players played with these injuries through the season and are now having them repaired.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.05.08 15:01:22 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
     
  • Not the type of question that will be answered by the provinces and franchises KSA. :grin:

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.05.08 15:14:31 by Ollie Reply
    OllieVodacom Cup player
     
  • Vanessa Ross
    Injury: Broken heart
    Time Out: until first Bok game
    Unavailable for: fun and laughter.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.05.08 15:18:39 by Nessa Reply
    NessaCurrie Cup player
     
  • @Nessa (Comment 5) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    We’ll kiss it better! :wink:

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.05.08 15:20:46 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
    Competition Winner IceAssistant coach
     

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