Massive blow as Bismarck goes for surgery

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Super Rugby, The Rugby Championship on 21 Aug 2012 at 08:58
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The Bok camp has confirmed that Bismarck du Plessis will undergo surgery today to repair serious damage to the ligaments in his right knee. This is the result of an injury sustained in the opening minutes of Saturday’s Rugby Championship win over Argentina.

It has further been confirmed that a rehabilitation period of around eight months lies ahead of the fiery hooker, curtailing his participation in all rugby until around April 2013. While the repercussions for the Boks – and their Rugby Championship campaign – are significant, in Adriaan Strauss, Tiaan Liebenberg and now Craig Burden, they should have sufficient cover to almost compensate for the loss of du Plessis.

The repercussions for the Sharks, though, appear to be far worse – and not just for this year’s Currie Cup campaign either.

Let’s not beat around the bush here. Losing Burden – for at least the next month until Chiliboy Ralepelle returns from his own knee injury – could be a hammer blow to the Sharks’ Currie Cup ambitions this season, given that Kyle Cooper is still out injured himself for at least another month. In Monde Hadebe they have a fine young player who should be backed, but finding somebody to wear the number 16 jersey for the next month is going to prove challenging indeed. Hell, the only recognised hooker in the under 21 ranks is Franco Marais, with Sean Everitt’s side regularly taking the field with no backup at hooker other than starting loosehead Danie Mienie.

The Sharks are going to have to look at calling up either Marais or Mienie for the next month; the alternative to that is to go to the club ranks in the hope of a good player being available to step up, but the bigger worry is next year’s Super Rugby campaign.

With Bismarck set to miss the opening two months – at least – of that competition, it becomes vital that both Burden and Cooper, whose respective contracts expire at the end of the year and are both understood to be “open to other offers”, are retained. We saw how the Sharks were derailed by losing Tendai Mtawarira for a similar period at the start of this season and how their campaign only really got properly under way once the all-star front row that is their key strength was reunited. We know know that Super Rugby in 2013 will start the same way, but at least now the Sharks bosses have been given 6 months’ warning. Let’s hope they wake up and get their house in order and do so quickly.


  • And all of a sudden South Africa have gone very thin on Hookers. 😯

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.08.12 09:14:07 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • Huge loss for the Boks and Sharks!

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.08.12 09:31:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • This is a major blow for Bismarck!! But at the same time, it might give Craig the chance to wear Green & Gold, which would be awesome, either way, the Sharks are the biggest losers here

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.08.12 09:42:18 by Sly Valentino Kriek Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : Pokkel, you been out celebrating with Mega this past weekend?


  • Comment 4, posted at 21.08.12 09:42:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Good luck Bissie, enjoy some well deserved rest and we are looking forward to see you back and refreshed next year when we will win the Super trophy.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.08.12 09:42:27 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me
  • This sucks for Bissie. He’s had such a good year so far, proving all his critics wrong and would have had his first season as the number one Bok hooker and now his injured. Bad luck dude. Hopefully his recovery goes as good as possible. Sometimes a month or even two can be taken of recovery time, which means he could be training by the end of January.

    We’ll see though.

    It’s going to be a long 8 months for him, watching the Boks in their first Rugby Championship, 9 games, the end of year tours.

    What do players do when they get a long injury like this.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.08.12 09:44:38 by Letgo Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 4) :

    I had a big weekend. I only saw short highlights of the Bok and Sharks games. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.08.12 09:45:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Well, on the up side, Kyle Cooper may get some game time with the Sharks. I think he has huge potential.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.08.12 09:45:55 by Letgo Reply
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  • Is this injury similar to Schalk Burger’s?

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.08.12 09:48:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Get well soon Bissie!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.08.12 10:23:08 by Viking Reply
  • What injury does Cooper have currently?

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.08.12 10:28:38 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 11) : Not sure but he did mention earlier today that he’s back on the field in 38 days

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.08.12 11:26:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Think Straeuli/Plum could convince John Smit to hit the treadmill and play 16 for the Sharks for the remainder of the Currie Cup?

    Silly suggestion, I know, but is it really that silly? Haha.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.08.12 12:46:41 by MerckZ Reply

  • This sucks. 🙁

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.08.12 13:20:00 by Ben Reply
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  • A few weeks ago I wrote a preview for the SR play off against the Stormers and mentioned “Nobody can sink this Bismarck” but apparently… I was wrong. Massive blow and actually quite scared of what we will do against NZ without Bismarck.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.08.12 14:28:54 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply


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