Windhoek - Namibia fullback
Chrysander Botha was re-united with his team-mates in Abergele, Wales late
on Friday evening after suffering a horrific injury in Namibia’s 17-13 defeat to
Canada in Northern Wales earlier.
Botha was stretchered off and taken to a
local hospital by ambulance after breaking his lower left leg in the eighth
minute of the match against the Canadians.
A scan revealed that the Exeter
Chiefs fullback had dislocated his ankle and fractured his leg. According to
the doctor who examined Botha the fracture was a “clean” break and it was
decided to release him from the hospital.
Botha was in good spirits when he
arrived back at the team hotel and talked to his team-mate about the injury. He
was philosophical about the setback. “It is part of rugby and I just hope I can
make a full recovery in time for the Rugby World Cup in England next year," said
Namibian Rugby Union
President Bradley Basson was also present when the former Golden Lions player arrived back at the hotel
and wished the player a full and speedy recovery.
“We will obviously miss
Chrysander in the remaining two matches on tour but the focus must now be on
his welfare to ensure that he is comfortable, taken care-off and looked after,
so that he can continue to make a contribution to the national team."
now stay behind in Wales until Monday before returning to his club, Exeter
Chiefs, where he will receive further treatment.
The Namibians are currently in Toulon, France for the second match of their Northern Hemisphere tour, this Friday evening against the French Barbarians.