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Ferreira to make comeback

2011-11-24 12:26

Adnaan Mohamed

Cape Town - Versatile Western Province and Stormers front-rower Schalk Ferreira, who quit rugby two years ago after a serious neck injury, has decided to make a comeback.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee confirmed on Wednesday that Ferreira has been training with the enlarged Stormers squad at the WP High Performance Centre in Bellville since Monday.

“Schalk previously had surgery to his neck, but he has recently been cleared by his medical team to play rugby again. He is currently training with the squad as well as on his own to get his conditioning up to standard,” Coetzee said.

The 27-year-old, 111kg forward, who last played rugby in February 2009, played 45 games for WP and represented the Stormers on 14 occasions.

The former Matie played most of his career as a loosehead, but Rassie Erasmus (WP’s senior professional coach) has also previously looked at him as a hooker at the Cape franchise.

Coetzee said however that Ferreira will now only be considered as a loosehead.

Besides Ferreira, versatile back Joe Pietersen, wing Gerhard van den Heever and flyhalf Burton Francis have all started training with the Stormers squad.

According to Coetzee, Springbok prop Deon Carstens is still with Saracens in England and will only join the squad at a later stage.

“We will be working very hard on our fitness and conditioning until December 15 to make sure that we are stronger, fitter and faster than before.

“After that we take a break until we regroup on January 9 to prepare for the pre-season friendly matches against the Lions, Sharks, Kings and Boland,’’ added Coetzee.
 

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Comments
  • eric.viljoen - 2011-11-24 12:31

    Finally. Some sanity

  • Andre - 2011-11-24 12:37

    Pffftttt wasn't that good anyway!!!!

  • vanrooyenmara - 2011-11-24 13:41

    Ag shame as wp nie die spelers koop wat die ander spanne nie wil he nie, dan vat hulle maar die op die krukke lys, hoop maar hy is gesond..........sterkte streep donkies dinge lyk maar sleg vir julle...

  • Brannas - 2011-11-24 13:50

    The stormers team is made up of has beens, rejects, old ones and refurbished ones for next year. I see a bright future for the stormers here, Bhahahahaaaaaa.

  • Madelein - 2011-11-24 15:24

    Joe die man is mooi gebou

  • Chris - 2011-11-24 20:32

    Ek is oortuig die res van die WP-ondersteuners het nou soos ek genoeg gehad van Rassie, Allistair en die res van die clowns. Het hulle regtig geen verstand nie of voel hulle regtig net mooi f@k@l vir ons geliefde WP-span?!! Hulle gedoentes grens lankal verby lagwekkend...Ons, die ondersteuners, betaal hul salarisse... Hulle moet gaan... nie more nie ...NOU!!!!!

  • Francois - 2011-11-25 07:57

    15. Joe Pieterson 14. Gio Aplon 13. Juan de Jongh 12. Jean de Villiers. 11. Brian Habana 10. Gary van Aswegen. 9. Dewaldt Duvenhage. 8. Duane Vermeulen. 7. Siya Kolisi 6. Schalk Burger. 5. Andries Bekker. 4. Rynhardt Elstadt. 3. Brok Harris. 2. Tiaan Libenberg. 1. Steven Kitshoff. Dit is die SA span wat weer leiding sal gee in S15 ; maak nie saak wat res van die dieretuin diere; plaasdiere of akwarium visse se ondersteuners se nie; hulle warawara wara net; hul spanne was en is nerens!!

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