Basson’s return delayed after emergency surgery

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, EP Kings, Original Content, Springboks, Super Rugby on 23 Jul 2012 at 09:13
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Bulls wingers Bjorn Basson has not returned to South Africa with his team mates as expected; instead, according to SuperSport, he’s been forced to remain in a New Zealand hospital after undergoing emergency intestinal surgery.

Basson – who can never be accused of not “busting a gut” for his team – suffered a perforated small intestine during Saturday’s loss against the Crusaders and was apparently rushed to hospital after the game, where doctors decided to perform the operation at 3 in the morning. At the risk of adding even more superfluous bad puns, it appears that in this case, the Crusaders quite literally did tackle the sh*t out of their opposition!

Basson will stay in hospital for a few days yet before being allowed to return to SA – however, the player will be out of rugby for 6-8 weeks as a result, essentially ruling the competition’s joint top try scorer out of this year’s Rugby Championship.

In a remarkably similar incident, former SA Sevens player and Kings number 8 Jacques “Vleis” Engelbrecht also underwent surgery to clear an intestinal obstruction. We wish both players all the best for a full and speedy recovery.


  • Hope both you guys get well soon and have full recoveries.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.07.12 09:27:04 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Nasty that and very dangerous.

    Get well soon.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.07.12 09:32:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Get well soon guys!

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.07.12 10:01:19 by Big Fish Reply
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