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Bakkies' Test career not over

2011-10-06 06:58

Cape Town - Bakkies Botha has been forced out of the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup campaign because of an Achilles tendon injury.

The announcement was made on Thursday after the 76-Test veteran suffered the injury during training 24 hours earlier.

The lock leaves New Zealand on Friday to become the second Springbok player in a week to be forced out. Centre Frans Steyn departed on Tuesday because of a shoulder injury.

A decision on a replacement has been postponed pending the outcome of Sunday’s quarterfinal against Australia in Wellington.

Botha, 32, said that it had been an emotional decision to admit his World Cup was over, but that he still intended to return to Springbok team.

“I am a person who normally keeps my emotions out of sight but it was emotional to talk to the team this morning and tell them I would be going home,” he said. “I told the team to cherish every moment of their time in the green and gold because you never know when it is going to be your last.

“I’m very disappointed – after all the hard work that has been put in over the past few months – but it’s not about me, it’s about the team now and there’s still a big job to do. I’ll be sitting at home with my family on Sunday with a tear on my cheek as the team takes on the Wallabies.

“But we can’t stop here – there are still three games left to play.”

Botha said he would see a specialist on his return in order to determine what course of action was required so he could be ready to take up his three-year contract with Toulon in France on November 1.    

“This is definitely not the end of my Test career as far as I am concerned,” he said. “I’ll be aiming to give 100% to Toulon to help them get into the Heineken Cup and I’ll still be available for South Africa next year.

“I still have the desire to play for my country and that will be there for as long as I play. It’s a special thing to pull on this jersey and that hunger has not left me.”

Botha made his Test debut against France in 2002 and was appearing at his third Rugby World Cup – having collected a winner’s medal at the 2007 tournament.

He played in the Pool D wins over Fiji and Namibia in this tournament but separate Achilles and hamstring injuries kept him out of the matches against Wales and Samoa.

The latest Achilles tendon injury was a new injury, he said, affecting the opposite ankle. “I knew straight away that something wasn’t right,” he said.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be 100 percent and with great players like Victor [Matfield], Danie [Rossouw] and Johann [Muller]all fit there was no need for me to hang around and be a distraction to the team.”

Meanwhile winger JP Pietersen successfully completed a fitness test on his injured knee at Thursday’s training run and was declared fit to take his place on the right wing.

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Comments
  • jacques - 2011-10-06 07:45

    @Jacky - typical Bulls supporter! Cannot say anything without using the F-word. You're a disgrace to Afrikaner society.

      Delarey - 2011-10-06 10:35

      Jacques please don't be a typical jerk-off non-Bulls supporter and brush every Bulls supporter with the same brush. It really amazes me how pathetic other team's supporters behave towards the Bulls and their supporters. There is a difference between being provincial and proud of your team and being morons. Grow up.

      BlouBos - 2011-10-06 15:45

      Jacques - you are such a loser. It just underlines the fact that there are only two types of rugby supporters in SA, you get a Bull supporter and then a Anti-Bull supporter that includes the rest of SA. Well, i guest that a successful team will always be hated because of the high standards they set that is beyond other teams reach? If you want to be a winner it is not to late to repent and join the Bulls?

      AjAxxxx - 2011-10-06 16:40

      hey bloubos praat maar eerder afrikaans. jy sukkel met Engels.

  • schencpa - 2011-10-06 07:49

    Bakkies, ek gaan jou vreeslik mis in die wedstryde wat nog gespeel moet word. Ek is een van jou grootste aanhangers! Kry altyd so lekker gevoel hier binne my as ons jou op die veld sien opdraf en die ander span se spelers vat so tree terug.

  • Funky Monkey - 2011-10-06 07:50

    Hy sou baie vinniger beter geword het as hy nie vir die Blou Bulle gespeel het nie.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-06 08:50

      ...soos Bryan Banana...??

  • Jozee - 2011-10-06 07:56

    You are a legend, thank you for all the great memories! Hope you recover soon.

  • call a spade - 2011-10-06 08:02

    Jammer ou Bakkies dat jou toer oor is en jammer jy kon nie vir Franks en McCaw "bliksem" nie.

      Maori - 2011-10-06 09:01

      Sorry bakkies, you were a dirty player!!

      SA-FAN - 2011-10-06 10:24

      Maori you are the weakest link goodbye!!!

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-06 08:08

    Bakkies, jou bydrae vir die Bokke sal nie vergeet word nie...jy is 'n held.

  • Free_man - 2011-10-06 08:10

    Bakkies, jy's 'n legend. Maar even 'n legend weet waneer om sy toks op te hang.

  • Facts - 2011-10-06 08:10

    Taking all the suspensions in consideration, how much rugby did he actually play the last few years? The only opposition guys that felt uncomfortable around Bakkies were the smaller players and we all know why. Anyway, before I get slaughtered, get well soon Bakkies and good luck overseas.

  • rob barrie - 2011-10-06 08:40

    Sorry to say but poor management that did not allowed another player the opportunity. Whilst a player of past years did his bit, the same could not be said of lately

  • Weepee - 2011-10-06 08:52

    So much for the theory that says "Bakkies tears are a cure for cancer. The only problem is Bakkies has never cried".

  • jjcmenya - 2011-10-06 09:10

    Bad News but still a lot of talent in that team.

  • Dan - 2011-10-06 09:53

    One must wonder abouth the conditioning of the Boks. The kind of injuries our top players are suffering with are almost all injuries sustained during training or off-season conditioning camps. Somewhere along the line SARU bought into some conditioning bullsh1t from a wannabe specialist in the field of sports science.

  • jconn1 - 2011-10-06 10:06

    give bakkies a bells

  • Avi27 - 2011-10-06 10:12

    Bakkies I take my hat off to you. You are a really warrior, you overcame your injury on more than one occasion and you gave it your all. We will miss you. Boks have now lost 2 players in a matter of a few days. It is going to be interesting to see who replaces him if we make it past Sunday. My heart and mind says we going to win this Sunday. Good luck boys, bring the cup back home!!!

  • MAC - 2011-10-06 10:14

    is this the same bakkies who on on supersport.com claimed he was 100% fit and raring to go at the aussies.like all the others this world cup that were 100% fit and played 40mins or less.think they need to look at what constitutes a fitness test!

  • Worldchamp - 2011-10-06 11:20

    Bakkies don't worry bout a thin cause every little thin gonna be all right.

  • Niël - 2011-10-06 13:17

    Jacques and all of the other people who don't like Bakkies F you and grow up SA loves him !! Know one cares about what your retarded mind thinks !!

  • AjAxxxx - 2011-10-06 16:42

    Bakkies bel nooit die verkeerde nommer nie JY TEL DIE VERKEERDE DONNERSE FOON OP!

  • zule - 2011-10-06 21:42

    Sorry to lose you Bakkies...I wish you well for the future Go Bokke...from a Blue Bulls supporter see...not a single swear word hee hee

      Dmitri - 2011-10-07 06:57

      Pity Bakkies is not playing. I would have loved to see him use Quade Cooper as a door mat. Get well soon.

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