Embattled Valke coach Rudy Joubert has managed to entice veteran lock forward Nico Luus back from virtual retirement to help them out for the remainder of the Currie Cup.
Luus is one of those strange players who, in this modern age, has never represented anyone other than the East Rand side. Over a career spanning 8 years, he has represented the Red Devils in excess of 150 times, finally deciding to call it a day after this year’s Vodacom Cup series. Luus has been playing club rugby, where he captained the Brakpan team, which narrowly lost to College Rovers in the semi-finals of the recent National Club Champs.
Luus is just under 2m tall and has only just turned 31, meaning he presumably has some good rugby left in.
The Valke will need all the help they can get, though, facing the high-flying Sharks in Kempton Park this weekend, before meeting a Cheetahs team desperate for any log points they can find. Having negotiated those two hurdles, the men in red have an all-expenses-paid trip to Loftus Versveld to look forward to, where the Bulls will no doubt seek to emulate their performance against another team in red in the 2007 Super 14 (the Bulls beat the Queensland Reds by 92-3 that day).
Exciting scrumhalf and first-choice goal-kicker Poerie van Rooyen is unlikely to be fit to face the Sharks, although Freddie “Straatkat” van Zyl should take his place.Tweet