Pretoria - Blue Bulls loose forward Arno
Botha will miss the opening month of the Currie Cup competition due to a knee
The Springbok suffered a medial meniscal
tear during the Blue Bulls match against the Canon Eagles in Japan last Friday.
He has been ruled out for between four and
five weeks, team doctor Org Strauss confirmed on Monday.
Two more players involved in that match - Lappies
Labuschagne (lower back) and Roelof Smit (influenza) - will train on Tuesday
only, but will be available for selection for the team to play the Free State
Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in the opening round of the Currie Cup on Saturday.
Jurgen Visser (hamstring) has also been
cleared to join training on Tuesday, but Justin Forwood (rib, two weeks) and
Neethling Fouche (ankle, two weeks) will only be back on the field later this
Pierre Schoeman (knee, August 15) and Ruan
Steenkamp (knee, August 15) will be back later this month, while Duncan
Matthews and Ryan Nell should be able to play again at the end of August,
following knee surgery.
Irne Herbst and Piet van Zyl (knee injuries)
are out for the season, as is Dennis Visser (ankle) and Morne Mellett, who is
struggling with a vertebral artery dissection. He will be out for at least six