Rugby Championship

Bismarck to undergo surgery

2012-08-21 07:46
Bismarck du Plessis (Gallo)
Cape Town - Injured Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis will undergo surgery on Tuesday to correct serious damage to ligaments in his right knee which he sustained during Saturday’s first Test against Argentina in Cape Town.

Du Plessis was replaced in the squad by Craig Burden, who took part in his first Springbok training session in Mendoza on Monday afternoon.

The Springboks trained in almost perfect conditions front of more than 1 000 fans at the Chacras Rugby Club on the outskirts of the city, which lies very close to the Andes Mountains.

“We are very honoured to have such a magnificent turn-out at our training session - it’s clear the people around these parts love their rugby and we’re excited to play in front of a sold out stadium on Saturday,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“It’s really humbling to see people from another country show their support like this. When one sees this, you realise how great it is that Argentina have been added to The Castle Rugby Championship.”

Commenting on the injury situation, Springbok Team Doctor Craig Roberts said confirmed that Du Plessis will be operated on in South Africa on Tuesday.

“Obviously our big loss from the weekend is Bismarck du Plessis, who injured his knee ligaments very early in the game,” said Roberts.

“He’s going to have surgery tomorrow (Tuesday) and that will rule him out for the rest of the season as the usual rehabilitation for such an injury is up to eight months to come back from that.”

The other two players that took knocks at the weekend are Bryan Habana and Andries Bekker, who both rolled their ankles.

“At the moment we are managing them. They didn’t train today and we will make an assessment on their availability later in the week,” said Roberts.

Adriaan Strauss replaced Du Plessis at Newlands and Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer was happy with his form.

“Adriaan’s had a great Super Rugby tournament. He’s proved himself this year as one of the top hookers in the world. He has not played for a few weeks because the Cheetahs did not reach the playoffs, but I think he was awesome on Saturday,” said Meyer.

The Springbok team that will face Argentina in the second Test of the Castle Rugby Championship will be named in Mendoza on Wednesday afternoon (Argentinean time).

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
16 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!

 
 

Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi
Fixtures
10 September 2016
New Zealand v Argentina, Hamilton 09:35
Australia v South Africa, Brisbane 12:05
17 September 2016
New Zealand v South Africa, Addington, Christchurch 09:35
Australia v Argentina, Perth 12:05
01 October 2016
South Africa v Australia, Pretoria 17:05
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will be crowned 2016 Rugby Championship winners?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.