Sharksworld can (unfortunately) confirm the rumours doing the rounds that Bismarck du Plessis has been ruled out of this evening’s game as result of a neck injury.
We learned on Thursday evening that the fiery hooker had sustained damage to a disk in his neck – this in turn put pressure on a nerve, causing him to loose strength in his arm. It’s a pretty serious injury, but our information is that he will not require surgery and that it should come right provided he plays no rugby for a while.
Exactly how long that while is remains to be seen, but we’ve been led to believe that he might be out for the rest of the 2010 season. Sharksworld was asked not to break this story, in order not to further disrupt the team’s preparations. Since the news is all over Beeld this morning, though, I guess the cat is well and truly out of the bag anyway.
Running a website like this is often a delicate balancing act – we want to keep the fans informed as soon as we get any news, but also need to respect the wishes of the union, the players and, of course, our dark and shady sources. As a result, it’s inevitable that we will sometimes end up being scooped and I hope you can all live with that!
John Smit will move to hooker this evening, with Beast Mtawarira starting at loosehead and Wiehahn Herbst moving onto the bench. I’m sure all of us will wish Bismarck all the best for the speediest possible recovery.Tweet