Rugby and more Rugby!

The Rugby Championship and Currie Cup are in full swing. Who are the early title favourites? Have your say on our Forum!

LIVE

    Kirsten's career on the line

    2014-03-06 11:30
    Brenden Nel - SuperSport
    Pretoria - Bulls prop Frik Kirsten faces an uncertain 24 hours as he waits to hear about a neck injury he sustained which could be career-threatening.

    According to the supersport.com website, Kirsten will seek a second opinion on Thursday after injuring a disc in his neck - the second time he has done this in his short career - during last weekend’s 25-17 win over the Lions at Loftus Versfeld.

    While the Bulls have replaced him with stalwart Werner Kruger for this weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Blues, Kirsten’s future is by no means certain as he waits for the second opinion before making a decision.

    Kirsten, 25, previously had an operation to repair a neck lesion in 2009, the same year he made his debut for the Bulls in Super Rugby and the Currie Cup and will definitely have to undergo an operation.

    Team doctor Org Strauss said the injury was serious but that a final decision would be taken after another opinion was received.

    “Frik injured a disc in his neck and will see another specialist tomorrow,” said Strauss.

    “He is likely to be out for a long time, and it seems surgery is required to rectify the injury. We will wait for the opinion to be delivered, but at the moment it seems he may be out for around four months at least.”

    The Bulls admitted to being worried about the long-term future of Kirsten, especially as he had become one of their rising stars after catching the eye of Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer last season, and was called up to the Springbok squad on their November tour last year.

    “We are very worried,” coach Frans Ludeke said at the team announcement. “It is a bad injury and with front row players and their necks, it's always an injury you take notice of.

    “We will await the result of the second opinion, but he is definitely out for this weekend. It sounds like he needs an operation, so he could well be out for the rest of the season, we’ll have to see.

    Kirsten came through the Bulls junior ranks and has progressed well, being touted for a long international career with his powerful scrummaging.
    Read More On:  bulls super 15 frik kirsten rugby

    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
    1 comment
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read
    Commented

    Results

    02 August 2014
    26 July 2014
    19 July 2014
    12 July 2014
    11 July 2014
    06 July 2014
    05 July 2014
    04 July 2014
    28 June 2014
    27 June 2014
    31 May 2014
    30 May 2014
    24 May 2014
    23 May 2014
    18 May 2014
    17 May 2014
    16 May 2014
    11 May 2014
    10 May 2014
    09 May 2014
    03 May 2014
    02 May 2014
    26 April 2014
    25 April 2014
    19 April 2014
    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Does the Waratahs' Super Rugby victory give the Wallabies an edge heading into the Rugby Championship?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

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