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All round good news for the Boks


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Springboks on 19 May 2009 at 07:43
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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers received some encouraging news on Monday, the day that the British and Irish Lions gathered for the first time as preparations for the 10-match tour of South Africa.

Scans have revealed that the ankle injury of De Villiers’ first-choice flyhalf, Ruan Pienaar, is not as serious as first thought and won’t rule him out of the Test series against the Lions.

Pienaar, back just a few weeks after picking up a serious knee injury during the Sharks’ Super 14 tour of Australasia, suffered an ankle injury in his team’s 26-27 loss to the Bulls in their final league match at the weekend.

“It is good news,” Sharks team doctor Craig Roberts told Jan De Koning of rugby365.com, when asked about the results of the scan.

“He has suffered a grade two ankle ligament sprain, but the rest of his [ankle] structures are all intact and it is not as bad as we thought when he came off the field,” the doctor said, adding that Pienaar is looking at about “two to three weeks” our of the game.

“He’ll be fine for the [Test series against] the Lions,” Roberts said.

He also added that the news on the injury front in general is very encouraging and “nobody is doubtful at this stage”.

The Bok coach, De Villiers, will be happy that Pienaar will be fit – considering that World Cup-winning flyhalf Butch James has been ruled out with a long-term anterior cruciate knee ligament injury, suffered while playing for Bath in the Guinness Premiership in April.

Pienaar, who made his South Africa debut against the All Blacks in 2006, has represented his country in 27 tests, scoring 62 points with five tries.

The 25-year-old utility back is one of several key players currently on the injury list.

Already ruled out of the Lions series is fullback Conrad Jantjes, with a fractured leg.

Also not having played this past weekend, or injured in the final round of regulation league action in the Super 14 season, are centres Jean de Villiers, Francois Steyn (also a back-up at flyhalf and fullback), Wynand Olivier and Jaque Fourie, flank Schalk Burger and lock Andries Bekker.

In most cases the players are expected to be back well in advance of the Lions series – some have resumed training.

Roberts revealed that Francois Steyn, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, is ahead of schedule on the road to recovery.

“He is already doing straight line running,” Roberts said of the utility back.

Centre Adi Jacobs, who appeared favour the shoulder he injured earlier in the season, is also making good progress.

“Yes, there was some sensitivity in Adi’s shoulder when making contact, but this past weekend was already better tan the previous week and he will be fine,” Roberts told rugby365.

“All he needs now is good rehabilitation and with the Sharks out of the Super 14 play-offs there’s plenty of time for that.”

The news on Bulls centre Wynand Olivier’s hip injury is also encouraging.

Bulls doctor Org Strauss said a call on his availability for the semifinal showdown with the Crusaders this coming Saturday will only be made later in the week.

He could be sidelined for anything from one to three weeks, depending on how he responds to treatment this week, but he doesn’t appear to be doubtful for the Lions series.

The other key midfielder, Jean de Villiers, also appears to have made a full recovery from the groin injury that he suffered on the Stormers’ tour of Australasian.

De Villiers, like fellow Stormers Burger and Bekker, could have played in the final Super 14 league action this past weekend.

Centre Jaque Fourie will also be available to join the Bok squad when they gather early next month, despite missing the Johannesburg-based Lions team’s last few matches as a result of an eye injury picked up on tour.

The Springbok squad for the Test series against the British and Irish Lions will be announced on June 1



21 Comments

  • good news indeed!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.05.09 07:49:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • If all these guys are ready the Boks are going to murder the Lions.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.05.09 08:00:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : oh dear. What will we do with our England jerseys? :-)

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.05.09 08:01:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Mine will be hanging in the closet in KSA while I hang out in RSA. :razz:

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.05.09 08:03:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    All seven of them??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.05.09 08:04:29 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : to be serious for a bit, have you seen the new Lions jerseys? They’re bloody nice.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.05.09 08:05:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : :shock:

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.05.09 08:16:24 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Rob I won one so I will have to keep it in my closet, iot was abloody nice prise included a jersey, supporters flag, Miscellany Book and a computer bag, the jersey is very nice, not sure I will walk around with the computer case though. :oops:

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.05.09 08:17:08 by Whindy Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :

    nope i haven’t.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.05.09 08:18:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : Have a look on http://store.lionsrugby.com/stores/britishlions/default.aspx

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.05.09 08:21:05 by Whindy Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : @robdylan (Comment 6) : I have sent you an article on this subject, to have a look at. sent it to admin@sharks world. Use it if you like it, I promise not to be hurt if you don’t :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.05.09 08:31:21 by Whindy Reply
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  • Good news, but the question remain whether De Villiers will learn from the lessons in the Super 14.

    And they are;

    Bismarck is not the best hooker in SA

    Smit is not the best 3 in SA

    Frans Steyn is not a test quality 10 or should ever be considered as an option there

    The best back up to Bakkies Botha is Danie Rossouw and he covers the loosies too

    Ricky January is not the #2 scrummy

    Rose is not an option at 10

    Nokwe is a defensive liability

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.05.09 08:50:58 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 12) :
    Your second last point should read

    Rose is not an option at 10 or 15 (imo)

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.05.09 09:02:35 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) :

    Just going on news this morning that P.Div was looking to use Rose if Pienaar was not fit.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.05.09 09:05:36 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 14) : :shock:

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.05.09 09:15:05 by wpw Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 14) : oh great

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.05.09 09:15:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 14) :
    Didnt hear that, but then :shock: , oh great.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.05.09 09:40:44 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • lets hope schalk gets reinjured. he doesn’t deserve a bok jersey this year ahead of deysel, broussouw, danie roussouw and baywatch. (i have taken spies and juan as already in the squad)

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.05.09 09:45:00 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : R900.00 ??

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.05.09 10:09:20 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 10) : HaHaHa R400.00 for a jersey released every 4 years! Sharks marketing needs that web url!

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.05.09 10:11:20 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 10) :

    Nope, don’t like it. :sad:

    On a different note these guys need to realise i am in my notice period, they are expecting way to much work from me at the moment. :oops:

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.05.09 10:24:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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