Cape Town - Two members of the Springboks’ Rugby Championship squad, Eben Etzebeth and Frans Malherbe, have been released
to play in the opening round of the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division for Western Province on Friday evening.
Both players are returning from long-term
injuries and will be allowed some game time for WP to ease them back into
Etzebeth’s last game was in November 2013, for
the Springboks against France in Paris, where he picked up a foot injury.
Malherbe has been out for more than three months with concussion.
“Following medical assessments and consultation
between our medical team and those of the various provinces, it was decided to
release Eben and Frans for this weekend,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.
“The provincial CEOs have all been part of the
discussions on how to best manage our players and relating to the way in which
injured players will return to the playing field.
“In the cases of Eben and Frans, who both have
been out for extended periods of time, the Springboks’ and Western
Province’s medical teams decided that the best course of action would be for
them to get some game time this weekend.”
Etzebeth and Malherbe, who have taken a full
part in Springbok training since Monday afternoon, will join Western
Province on Thursday.
WP take on the EP Kings in the opening match of the 2014 Currie Cup on Friday, August 8 at 19:10.