Richard Ferguson

Jean gets a break

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 25 Jun 2013 at 08:30
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The Stormers will be without captain Jean de Villiers for the match against the Cheetahs this weekend, and could potentially sit out the rest of the Super Rugby season.

de Villiers has been given the week off following a gruelling set of Springbok tests, where he had to prove his match fitness twice yet still led the national side. The side strain that led to him having to prove his fitness is what is officially keeping him on the sidelines this weekend. Coach Allister Coetzee said that resting de Villiers was in the interest of the national side.

Coetzee went on to say that he is not sure yet when de Villiers will play again, stating that a new captain will be appointed for this weekend’s match and potentially for the rest of the season.

All the returning Springboks were given the day off from training yesterday, and while Eben Etzebeth and Siya Kolisi took full advantage of some time off, Bryan Habana still attended training, showing his appetite for Super Rugby.

Coetzee went on to say that he will take advice from the Springbok national doctors on which players to play, but will play fringe players like Gio Aplon and Juan de Jongh, as they have not played in a while and are in need of game time.

Other players which are still injured include Pat Cilliers, Michael Rhodes and Rynhardt Elstadt while potential captains for this weekend’s match are Deon Fourie, Tiaan Liebenberg or even Habana himself.


  • What does our injury status look like?

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.06.13 08:43:51 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 1) : I was too afraid to ask . . .

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.06.13 08:52:49 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Was expecting this. HM plays all the top Boks in the mickey mouse warm-ups against Italy and Scotland, instead of using more fringe Boks with some heavy’s on the bench at worst case. Now suddenly they need to rest with the franchises or has STO given up on 2013 superugby challenge. Same about Spies. Has it been confirmed that he is really injured or is this a nice way of moving him out the way and resting him up for a surprise return for the final lap for the Bulls run towards the final.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.06.13 09:11:31 by Gerhardt Reply

  • The national idiocy strikes again. It boggles the mind that our top tier guys in desperate need of a break were played into the ground in this nothing competition. We’ll go into the Rugby Champs with a few guys missing out after this stupid season.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.06.13 09:24:16 by PTAShark Reply
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  • How must HM prepare by using “secomd string” players?!?! Let the first tier players rest in Currie Cup.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.06.13 18:43:14 by JD Reply
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