Bakkies fractures eye socket

2012-12-17 15:22

Paris -Toulon lock Bakkies Botha will be sidelined for up to two months as the Springbok international undergoes surgery on a fractured eye socket suffered during his team's 62-0 rout over English club Sale in Heineken Cup action.

The 33-year-old, capped 76 times for South Africa, only recently extended his contract with the Top 14 leaders until 2015, but came off just before half-time on Sunday and will have an operation later in the week.

He has started 10 of 12 domestic matches this season for the French giants and played in all four of their Heineken Cup victories that sees them clear leaders of Pool 6, that also includes Montpellier and Cardiff.

There was some good news for Toulon, who have never won a European competition and are seeking their first French championship since 1992, as France international Frederic Michalak and scrumhalf Sebastien Tillous-Borde only picked up minor knocks and should be fit to face Agen in league action on Saturday.


  • - 2012-12-17 15:51

    All I can say is EINA!!!

  • jane.warrington2 - 2012-12-17 16:33

    Who did he head butt?

      koos.tonteldoos.1 - 2012-12-17 22:43

      I wish it was you...

      paul.zyl.1 - 2012-12-18 07:27

      Who cares, he is dead china.

  • lani.jabu.75 - 2012-12-17 17:18

    So daai bakkies is vol krakies : eie medisyne !

  • - 2012-12-17 17:33

    Hy het homself gehead butt.

  • eugene.lourens.18 - 2012-12-17 20:06

    Wie van julle kan nie wag vir die rugby om te begin nie ? Want die site is amper dood soos n begrafplaas sonder die rugby:)

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  • trevor.dean.10 - 2012-12-17 22:22

    I wonder if there is a member of the opposition team with a broken hand!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-12-17 22:34

      No I don't think so. Just someone with a slight bruise which he probably never even felt.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-12-17 22:32

    How did he do it? Tried to headbut someone his own size this time?

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-12-17 22:49

    News24, it is time for a new Bakkies-photo. He must be so embarrassed by that muffin-top in this photo. Retirement is lekker!! The French food even more so!!

  • - 2012-12-18 07:52

    Shame! Now he knows how it feels to be on the receiving end.

  • - 2012-12-18 10:28

    Glad he got smacked. The 'Boer mentality' as displayed by Matfield, Botha and Etzebeth needs to be smashed. Well done to the Sale Team.

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