According to a report in Die Burger, which I’m told is not actually related to him, Stormers flank Schalk Burger will struggle to be fit in time to be selected for the Boks’ series against England in June.
The paper alleges that while the Stormers management insist that the the veteran Bok should be fit to play towards the middle of next month, in reality, the medial knee ligament injury sustained in the opening match of the 2012 competition is likely to keep him out of action until at least July, meaning he’ll play no part in Heyneke Meyer’s first test series.
With Burger a strong candidate to captain the side, his potential unavailability will, I’m sure, strengthen Meyer’s resolve to lure Victor Matfield out of retirement to captain the side. Should this prove impossible, it’s starting to look more likely that Jean de Villiers – who will be fit towards the middle of May after a wrist injury – could become Bok skipper for the series, given that Meyer’s other candidate, Fourie du Preez, is apparently unwilling to to assume captaincy of the national side, even temporarily.
In a further blow for the Stormers, fellow loose forward Duane Vermeulen is expected to be out of action for at least 4 months after picking up an injury in last week’s win over the Reds.Tweet