Jan De Koning reports that Lions coach Eugene Eloff has given his team a “clean bill of health”, despite the minor surgical procedure that veteran lock Jannes Labuschagne underwent this week.
Eloff confirmed on Thursday that the 32-year-old Springbok, who made a comeback last year after retiring through injury, had a “clean out” operation.
However, contrary to some media reports, he will not be sidelined for a lengthy period and may well only miss the first match – against the Cheetahs on February 13.
“We decided to clean out the knee now, draining some fluid,” Eloff told rugby365.com.
“It was nothing major and he is in good shape,” the coach said, adding: “He will be back at training on Monday and while he’ll miss the encounter with the Cheetahs, he is set to be available to play against the Sharks in Week Two.”
Eloff said his team completed their pre-season work on Wednesday and the players have been given a “long-weekend” to recharge the batteries, before their season proper starts on Monday.
* Meanwhile the Golden Lions Rugby Union announced that Paul Appalsamy has been appointed as the CEO of Ellis Park World of Sport.
“After a lengthy and thorough search for the right candidate to fill this very important position, Paul’s previous experiences, expertise and personality have distinguished him as the best candidate by far,” the GLRU said in a statement.
“As the GLRU and EPWOS have a very close working relationship, it is comforting to know that we not only have a competent person who will look after the interests of both companies, but someone who strives to make the whole Ellis Park World of Sport a better place and create a better experience for all of our sponsors, customers and supporters.”Tweet