Stormers lock Anton van Zyl will play no rugby for around six weeks following a shoulder dislocation suffered at training. This takes the former Lions stalwart out of contention for his side’s opening Super Rugby game – against his former team mates.
Van Zyl played a key role in Western Province’s Currie Cup campaign last year, captaining the side in the absence of Schalk Burger and deputising well for in the injured Andries Bekker in the second row. The return of the lanky Bok to full fitness means that van Zyl would probably have been confined to a bench role against the Lions anyway, but that spot will now probably go to De Kock Steenkamp.
Loose forward Francois Louw is also still an injury concern for the Cape side and he is unlikely to be fit to face the Lions, as a result of a hamstring strain. Centre Jaque Fourie’s prognosis is rosier, though and he should be fit to take his place in midfield when the season kicks off. Stormers coach Alister Coetzee will then be left of something of a poser as he tries to figure out what to do with his third Bok centre, Juan de Jongh. Few would argue with the decision to select the veteran Bok pairing of Jean de Villiers and Fourie, but de Jongh is far too good to be left out as well.Tweet