“Glass bone” Goosen’s injury not so bad…

There was a batch of good news for South Africa on Monday, following their bruising victory over Wales at the weekend.Rugby Injury

Fears that flyhalf Johan Goosen could face another lengthy injury-enforced lay-off have been allayed.

Despite lasting just five minutes, after coming on as a second half replacement in the Springboks’ 38-16 (five tries to one) demolition of Wales in Durban at the weekend, the knee injury does not seem as serious as first thought.

Bok team doctor Craig Roberts revealed Goosen might even be available to face Wales in the return Test in Nelspruit this coming Saturday.

The young flyhalf took a knock to the outside of his knee soon after coming on for Morné Steyn in the 69th minute and left the field soon afterwards.

“We were obviously a bit concerned about the knee, as it is a knee he had an ACL re-construction done on,” Roberts told a media briefing in Nelspruit on Monday.

“We pulled him off, but thankfully he settled down quite nicely.

“He had some scans today [Monday], which are quite good.

“We’ll make a decision on his availability later in the week,” the doctor said, adding that Goosen’s injury has “progressed quite nicely”.

Following a match in which the ball was in play for a Bok record 39 minutes, the rest of the squad had no more than the usual “bumps and bruises”, with some minor concerns over fullback Willie le Roux and lock Bakkies Botha.

South Africa, who had to make over 130 tackles compared to the 200 of the Welsh, are fortunate to have no major worries.

“There was a lot of rugby played and as expected quite a few bumps and bruises – most of them are minor,” the team doctor said.

The star fullback, Le Roux, took a knock to the outside of his thigh in the first half, but he soldiered on.

“Towards the middle of the second half he stiffened up,” Roberts said of the bruising on the leg muscle, adding: “He came off more as a precaution than anything else.

Le Roux is “settling quite nicely” and while he won’t train on Monday, he should be available for the second Test this coming weekend.

Botha was pulled off after half-time, because the high intensity level of the game resulted in his Achilles and calf flaring up a little bit.

“There was a bit of fatiguing on the one leg,” the doctor said, adding: “It was more of a precaution than anything else that we decided to make the change at half-time.”

He said they were lucky to have so few injuries, given the intensity of the match.

“You look at exposure,” Roberts said, adding: “The more exposure there is the higher the risk of injuries.

“It does mean that this week we need to taper back a bit – it [the game] placed a big load on the guys.

“Our training times will be cut back a bit. You do expect bumps and bruises, that is part of rugby – it is now a case of managing the players.”

Others who did not train on Monday, as part of the management process, are prop Jannie du Plessis and No.8 Duane Vermeulen – both because of the volume of rugby played in the last couple of months.

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Etzebeth rules out for 6 months

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is unlikely to feature for the Stormers next year.Rugby Injury

The young star revealed on Thursday that he will undergo surgery for an ankle injury sustained in South Africa’s 19-10 win over France last weekend.

“Going for operation on Monday,” Etzebeth tweeted, adding: “Plus-minus six months out of action.”

That means he won’t be back on the field before June and with no game time, is likely to miss South Africa’s mid-year Tests as well.

If he does return to the playing field for the final stages of the Super Rugby season in July, Etzebeth will make his return to the Bok team for the Rugby Championship starting in August.

According to a statement by the Stormers the specialist’s assessment is that Etzebeth will be out of action for a minimum of 16 to 18 weeks.

Courtesy of Rugby365.com

Springboks keep core players for France clash (team sheet)

The Springboks have selected a strong team as they look to end 2013 on a high by winning the Teamsheetsfirst battle with France in France in 16 years.

Core Boks over the past 12 months such as Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth and Morné Steyn return to their starting berths after being benched for the 0-28 win over Scotland last week.

Mtawarira, Etzebeth and Steyn form a core of 10 players who have played in all 10 matches this year along with Willie le Roux, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Ruan Pienaar, Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss and Pat Lambie who are also included in the squad.

The only change to the team is that Coenie Oosthuizen starts at tight head in place of the injured Frans Malherbe. Uncapped prop Lourens Adriaanse joins as cover on the bench.

“This is a great opportunity for Coenie and we believe he’s ready to make the step up to a starting role in the team, I’m also very happy for Lourens, who has been part of the squad for almost the entire season. He’s waited patiently for an opportunity and what better way to make your debut than against France in Paris. Gurthrö, Adriaan, Bakkies and Pat did very well last week against Scotland and will have an important role to play this week,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“We have been quite fortunate with injuries this year and I’m very happy that we’ve managed to keep the continuity in selection. Most of the players have received ample game time and showed they have what it takes to perform at Test level. Our aim is now to keep on improving against France and hopefully end a very successful season on a high note.” He added.

France vs Springboks, Stade de France Paris, Saturday, KO 21.00 (20.00 GMT; 22.00 SA time)

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South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts , 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Bakkies Botha, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Siya Kolisi, 22 Jano Vermaak, 23 Pat Lambie.

Vermaak and Kirsten called up as Bok cover

The Springboks have called up Scrumhalf Jano Vermaak and uncapped Bulls prop forward Frik Kirsten toRW Stamp their squad as injury cover ahead of their final tour match with France in Paris.

Vermaak who is now plying his trade for Toulouse, made his debut for the Boks against Scotland earlier this year and has won three caps since. Vermaak replaces Fourie du Preez who has left the squad under an agreement with his club in Japan.

“Fourie will be sorely missed as he was man of the match in two of the five Tests he played this season,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer. He really put his body on the line the last fortnight, and we are very fortunate though to replace him with another world class player in Ruan Pienaar. It was always part of the plans for Jano to join the team for the France week.”  Said coach Heyneke Meyer.

Kirsten joins up with the squad after a rookie Frans Malherbe suffered a rib cartilage injury against the Scots. While there is a chance that Malherbe will be able to face France on the weekend, the Boks need to adhere to the IRB ruling that they have a complete front row on the bench in each international match. Hence the call for the green horn Kirsten.

“We’ve been watching Frik quite closely over the last few seasons and he’s really done very well, He’s played for the SA Under-20 team, took part in one of our training camps last year and was the next player on our standby list. I feel sorry for Frans, as he’s performed strongly in his two first Tests. He certainly has a great future ahead of him and it was good to see him take the step up to Test match.” Concluded Meyer.

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Boks lose Du Plessis

The Springboks have announced that they will be without veteran prop Jannie Du Pleassis for their tour of Rugby InjuryEurope next month because of a shoulder injury.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said: “Losing a player with Jannie’s experience and ability is a big setback, but we’re lucky to have someone like Lourens to step in. He’s been part of the squad for almost the entire Test season and was one of the unlucky players to miss out on initial selection.”

“Jannie went for an MRI scan on his shoulder, while we also reviewed his recent hand injury with his specialist,” said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts. He will only be ready for the Test against France and as player welfare is very important to us, we decided not to risk him on this tour.”

Du Plessis will be replaced by uncapped Griquas prop Lourens Adriaanse who has travelled with the Boks before in this year’s Rugby Championship.

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Boks look healthy as they head into Rugby Championship

The Springbok doctor Craig Roberts has reported that there are no serious injuries in the Springbok camp ahead of Rugby Injurythe second addition of the Rugby Championship.

Roberts said that the only slight concern was Looksehead prop Tendai “the Beast” Mtawarira who has a mild hamstring strain and flank Marcell Coetzee who has the flue. However both are expected to be ready to front up to Argentina this weekend.

 “It’s been a good week. The only carry-over from last week is Beast. He’s got a mild hamstring strain, He tweaked it at training last week, he had half training today and we are confident he’ll be ready for the weekend. There are one or two guys with flu, but we’re happy with where the overseas guys are.” Roberts said.

He added that prop Jannie du Plessis had also recoverd from a calf strain and will be ready for action by Saturday: “We nursed him through training last week and he went through his paces today and did everything we asked of him, so we’re happy with him.”

The Boks face Argentina in their Rugby Campionship opener this weekend in Soweto.

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Duane Vermeulen to miss June Tests

Vermeulen has been sent home from Australia with a knee injury that precludes him from the upcoming June tests against Scotland, Samoa, and Italy.Rugby Injury

Another Stormers loose forward, Rynhardt Elstadt, is also added to their long injury list and is likely to be out for around 6 weeks.

A horrible run of injuries has marred the seasons of the Stormers and the Sharks, and Heyneke Meyer will not be pleased with having a severely smaller pool of quality players to choose from for the Springboks’ upcoming matches.

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