Another blow for Mapoe

2010-12-02 10:11

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Lionel Mapoe’s run of bad luck continues after he was ruled out of any action at this year’s Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens with an ankle injury.

For a player who was more in the headlines off the field following a contractual tussle between the Cheetahs and Sharks over his services, Mapoe was to use the return to the field as a boost after not playing since March.

But while he made the trip with the SA Vipers to the Sri Lankan Sevens and was due to play for the SA second side – the Marauders – in the International Invitation Sevens here in Dubai which runs concurrently to the IRB competition, he has now pulled out before the competition even has begun.

Mapoe was injured in the Super 14 and missed the majority of the competition because of a shoulder complaint. This time around it is an ankle injury that will keep him off the field.

“That’s it, my year is over,” a disappointed Mapoe said from Dubai on his facebook page, keeping a low profile in the desert city.

Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu was understandably disappointed by the development, as Mapoe was set to be drafted back into the team for the George Sevens next week.

“Lionel has been struggling after being out for so long,” Treu told, “And now he is injured. It is difficult for him, especially after not playing for such a long time and disappointing for us as we would have liked to use him in George.”

Mapoe recently ended his contractual dispute by agreeing to terms with the Lions for next year’s Super 15 tournament.


  • Mbongeni - 2010-12-02 10:48

    hope he gets well soon, especially after what blerrie free state did to him.

      KING DEYSEL - 2010-12-02 11:16

      Justice !! After what he did to the sharks !!!

      Snoek - 2010-12-02 11:33

      And what he did to the FS

      Hendrik - 2010-12-02 12:21

      What did the FS do? they invested a lot of money in him, and it is there where he developed in a great player! I know they didnt pay him enough, but the FS does not have a big budget! The whole thing is his own mess, he did not want to sort the thing out in an amicable way, and wanted to break his contract. If he was smart, he would never have been in such a mess. I am sure the FS would have accepted a buy bargain from the Sharks, but they wanted to do it in an unlawful manner. The FS did nothing wrong!

      Kaapie - 2010-12-02 12:31

      He did nothing to FS, they grossly underpaid him if you compare what he earned in comparison other junior FS player, and that is what miffed him. An undoubted talent though! Wonder how long he will be out of action.

      Lungisa - 2010-12-02 13:34

      FS has a tendency of under paying their black players. I've got a friend who played for them and was a top try scorer at some stage, he was paid the lowest salary R 7,500.00 to be exact. The guy who was a third choice for his position was getting R 20,00.00 pm. Now how do you justify that?

      Ockert - 2010-12-02 14:03

      He tried to pull out of a legal contract, He was lucky he was not sued for damages, and that he was instead transfered - just shows he is not bigger than the game.

      Rita - 2010-12-02 14:38

      Life's a biatch!! Karma... !!! hope it teach him not to mess with the Sharks!!

      Kaapie - 2010-12-02 15:56

      @Ockert ...lets not hide behind 'legal' issues under the guise of exploitation. So for my part the Free state administrators need to free their minds and stop this exploitation !

  • Ryan - 2010-12-02 11:58

    It's all the Sharks fault for keeping out of the game for so long. Don't worry Mapoe, just get yourself fit and ready for the super 15 next year, and lets hope he and the Lions have a great 2011. GO LIONS!!!!!!!!

  • Bakkerman - 2010-12-02 12:18

    Karma is a biatch..... Groete van Bloem

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