Whiplashed De Villiers ‘not serious’

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 16 Feb 2009 at 08:21
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Rugby365 reports that both the Stormers and Springbok coaching panels would have breathed a sigh of relieve on Sunday with the news that centre Jean de Villiers’ injury, sustained at the weekend, is not too serious.

De Villiers took a heavy knock to the head four minutes into the second half of the 15-20 Super 14 loss to the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday and he was stretchered off and taken to hospital immediately.
It was feared that he would be out for a long time.

However, Stormers media manager Frikkie Erasmus said on Sunday allayed those fears.

Even though De Villiers was taken to hospital for tests on Saturday, he was later discharged.

“I have spoken to the doctor and he has reassured me that it is nothing serious,” Erasmus said.

“Jean will be playing again as soon as he feels comfortable.

“We don’t know yet how long he will be out, but he was just taken to hospital as precaution and the tests were also precautionary.

“He is stiff and sore but other than that it is nothing serious. It is definitely not concussion and he suffered more from whiplash. We will be monitoring his situation during the week.”

* There was no immediate news on the other Springbok, lock Victor Matfield, who also suffered an injury at the weekend.

Matfield’s shoulder injury, suffered in the Bulls’ 33-20 win over the Reds in Pretoria, looked the more serious of the two.

With the arrival of the British & Irish Lions in just under three months, the last thing the Bok coach needs now is long-term injuries to his top players – with Matfield and De Villiers both vital cogs in the Bok mix.

There will be concern in the Bulls and Bok camps over the shoulder injury picked up by Matfield, who tumbled to earth while trying to collect a restart in the second half.

He was treated on the field and tried to stay on, but later left the field and was replaced by Danie Rossouw.

Initial reports suggested that he had damaged his AC joint and could be sidelined for a long time.

The medical staff will have a better idea of the full extend of the injury on Sunday or Monday, but it is not looking good.


  • Well if Jean isn’t ready for Friday’s game then Bobo should move to 12 with the Fijian coming in at 13.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.02.09 08:31:52 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • The Bulls confirmed on Monday that Matfield has a grade 1 tear in his AC joint.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.02.09 08:35:42 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • “I think Victor will be on the sideline for two to three weeks, but the full extent of his injury will only be known once has gone for x-rays,” Dr. Org Strauss said in a statement released by the Bulls.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.02.09 08:36:17 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : @McLovin (Comment 3) :

    Well KSA Shark won’t be pleased!

    Matfield is his favourite player… :???:

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.02.09 08:38:02 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 4) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.02.09 08:41:09 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • breathed a sigh of relieve

    Who wrote this piece?

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.02.09 09:07:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    Damn right, It brought a tear to my eye when i had to post the article on his injury. :cry:

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.02.09 09:09:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • thought jdv wouldn’t be bad. stormers players enjoy a good whip lashing before bed. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.02.09 10:09:44 by try time Reply

    Super Rugby player
  • I dont think its a good thing when the TV zoomed in on Jeans parents during the match. I would have been gutted when it happened to my kid but nevermind. Just glad it aint to serious and myself was satified when Joe slot in at 10 and Grant in 12. Would not care if they bring Sereli in 13 either but myself like him on the wing.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.02.09 10:27:32 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player

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