Pierre Spies out until 2013

2012-09-27 17:01

Pretoria - Springbok No 8 and Blue Bulls captain Pierre Spies will not play rugby again this year, even though surgery to his injured finger was successful.

There was hope that Spies would be able to play again in the latter rounds of the Currie Cup, after being ruled out for between 8-12 weeks at the beginning of August, and if not that, would be able to make an appearance if needed on the end of year tour.

But those hopes have been squashed by Spies himself, who told the website he was unlikely to play again this year.

“I was hoping to, but the finger is healing slowly, so next year is more likely,” he confirmed.

Spies sustained the fracture to the joint in his finger while playing Super Rugby for the Bulls, but only realised the full extent of the injury before the start of the Rugby Championship.

He underwent surgery while the Boks were in Argentina and has been on a rehabilitation programme ever since.

While Spies has been running at Loftus and working hard to ensure his fitness levels don’t drop, the Bulls captain is not likely to push the injury.

Bulls team doctor Org Strauss agreed it was unlikely Spies would play this year again.

“It looks that way,” Strauss said.

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer currently has Duane Vermeulen at No 8 with Spies and Schalk Burger out with injury, and Ryan Kankowski plying his trade in Japan.


  • dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 17:03

    That is very very sad for SA and Bulls rugby. Captain my captain

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-27 17:05

      WHOOP WHOOP!!!!!!!!!!

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 17:09

      Stem jy Jakes?

      upumba - 2012-09-27 17:16

      blessing in disguise for the Boks if you ask me.........never really steps up at that level

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 17:22

      @upumba Shut up idiot

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-27 17:29

      Ag nee Duane, what poster will you look at now while you play with yourself?

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 17:33

      @stirrer Very good, you working late today. Maybe if you keep working after hours you can afford internet at home in 5 years. Your"loving family" can't be too impressed anymore living without internet. Our retired internet billionaire on the blog... bwa ha ha ha ha

      KeeperofChaos - 2012-09-27 17:33

      Help my onthou wat Spies so wonderlik gemaak het as speler / kaptein.

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-09-27 18:11

      Duane good to see you measure wealth by having a internet connection after hours? You live in Pretoria buddy, if stirrer lived in a shack in the kukest part of cape town it would be worth twice your house.

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 18:12

      @vallemj I didn't know Vancouver is called Pretoria as well?

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 18:13

      @vallemj And that's not how I measure wealth, but certainly one of the criteria of being poor

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-09-27 18:25

      Why even support a South African team , when you wimped out on the country? Why not support the grizzlies or the Canucks? Canada? Didn't have the qualifications to go to the states?

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-09-27 19:51

      Geez all these naysayers!!! Wow you are such a sad sorry bunch!! I, for one, hope he rests & recovers 100% because this guy when 'on song' is world class - granted he was very wobbly at times 2012 and cannot wait to see him in action in 2013 again. MS & PS rest boys because the Bulls need you guys come 2013 season!!!

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 19:59

      @vallemj If you earn $2mill per year in Vancouver, why would you bother going the States where you'll probably earn half? The FRCS and FRCP papers I have on top of my M.Med Orthopedics enable me to work anywhere in the world, wherever I wish. Anything else doctor can help you with?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-27 23:40

      The Riverview nurses are too kind too you. They even printed out pieces of paper so that you beliieve you have some qualifications?

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-09-27 17:20

    We will not make Currie Cup play-offs in any event so he must rest. On second thought, we might need him for promotion/relegation! :-)

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 17:21

      @rinus Still on your menses? Doctor recommends "Seasonale", then you only get it every 3 months

      macziekpk - 2012-09-27 17:35

      This guy will be immense when he returns refreshed and pumped on juice

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-27 18:01

      Going to obliterate everything in his path . . . .

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-27 23:41

      He will obliterate every single "protien shake" in his path, yes!

  • tiaan.ross.9 - 2012-09-27 17:26

    Wow what steroids did he use, to wait till next year to make sure the tests is not positive. Whale steroids.

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-27 17:29

      ...tortoise, Donkey Vermeulen must try some steriods... .....because he is useless...!

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 17:30

      @Tiaan What do you know about steroids tiaan, please inform doctor. Classes of steroids, potency, indications, contra-indications, short and longterm side effects. Gluco steroids vs Andro steroids etc. If you don't know you should maybe shut your fat trap and go talk about something you know something about. Next please

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-27 17:30

      Like his "mysterious lung disease" last time...

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-09-27 17:33

      Wonder if he is going to write another book....

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 17:34

      @stirrer What's the relation between steroid use and pulmonary embolism?

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-27 17:35

      @stirrer... ...cupless... ...11 years... ....ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ..!!

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-27 17:36

      @dowwe duane, like you let me google it and act as if i am a doctor

      tiaan.ross.9 - 2012-09-27 17:40

      @ dowwe.duane Yip I'm fat, but I'm at least not a blue bull supporter.

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 17:44

      @stephen Would you like to answer? I guess stirrer.stirrer is out of internet now

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 17:49

      @tiaan That's an understatement, in the medical world we call 11 chins "morbidly obese" One of the side effects of glucosteroids is called "Moon-face", go google it. Looks like you've used more steroids than Pierre.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-27 17:52

      @dowwe, are you running out of bandwidth in Danville, I am sure you will google it soon

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 17:55

      @stephen That's better than running out of answers. I love it to corner you like this. Be honest, you never lifted any "academic trophies" did you

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-27 17:58

      @dowwe, lots I went to MIT and my second doctorate at Cambridge (MIT didnt have what I was looking for)

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 18:02

      @stephen So why do you still work for a salary?

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-27 19:29

      @dowwe (once again very apt), I told you I am on my yacht in the Caribbean plus 30 million is chump change for me. You Bulls supporters arent the sharpest

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-28 04:07

      @Dowwe nurse. The difference or relationship (depends on how you look at it) between steroids and pulmonary embolism is as follows: one means you fail a urine test and gets banned from rugby for life (steroids). The other one means you have used a lame excuse not to provide a urine sample and can take some time off rugby untill such time as you are able to pass a urine test again (pulmonary embolism). So, while I'm not a doctor, I can see some resemblance between a pulmonary embolism and a fractured finger in Spies' situation.....

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-28 15:41

      @chrissie Ok now I understand, you'll work for a salary for the rest of your life

  • timothy.vanas - 2012-09-27 17:34

    Het hy n regte besering of pomp hulle hom weer op Soos laas keer? Dit is goeie nuus vir Springbok ondersteuners. Hy is die mees overrated losvoorspeler in wereld rugby. As hy terug kom van besering gaan hy nog stadiger en banger wees as voor die kastige besering

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-27 17:40

      ...Pierre Spies baie beter as poefter Donkie Vermeulen.. ...en slimmer... .....Donkie Vermeulen lyk net so dom soos 'n haasbek choker WP ondersteuner...

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-09-27 17:42

      @blou.johnny,Pierre "Roid Ranger" Spies just another useless Bulls player wont be missed

      tertius.devereaux - 2012-09-27 18:36

      Dus waar Johny Pierre Spies is beter daai stuk drol wat nou agste-man speel...choker cupless-donkies!

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-09-27 20:31

      Ja nee Timothy! As ou spies nou weer gaan speel gaan hy kantlyn toe hardloop! Hy is te dom om te weet hy moet vorentoe hardloop!

      Hugo Klaasen - 2012-09-27 20:33

      I spot another troll...dont feed them

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 20:53

      @Hugo Looser/loser/luzer?

  • Jacques - 2012-09-27 17:37

    There was a guy who played for the Boks in the '95 world cup with a broken hand in that atrocious match against France with a broken hand. Spies gyms 3 times more often, has an encyclopedia's worth of scientific knowledge invested into his training professionals to prime him to the limits of human nature in terms of strength and speed- and a broken finger sidelines him for months. What a joke. Enjoy the gym, poser.

      mike.lamb.7777 - 2012-09-27 17:53

      Yep, was Andre Joubert.

      wayne.laubscher - 2012-09-27 18:24

      That player was the legend Andre Joubert, known as the Rolls Royce of Full-Backs

      Jacques - 2012-09-28 01:24

      Thanks! I was 3 when it happened and saw a few re-runs over the years, the name eluded me...

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-28 05:20

      Even if you only want to show what a pansie Spies is, you should not name Andre Joubert and Piere Spies in the same post. Spies can only hope to be as tough as Andre's hair on his @SS

  • kermitcanion.duplessis - 2012-09-27 17:39

    Hy is in elk geval n useless agste man

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-28 05:22

      Nee, Earl Rose is 'n useless agsteman. Spies is heelwat erger.

  • kermitcanion.duplessis - 2012-09-27 17:40

    Dankie tim. Dus die waarheid

  • tertius.devereaux - 2012-09-27 18:29

    Hou vi Spies en Morne dop as hule terug kom!...BLOU ysters!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-28 04:14

      Hoe kan enigiemand wat nie in Tshwane bly nie hulle dop hou? Die Tshwane 3de span club kompetisie word nerens uitgesaai nie.

  • jed.vonallemann - 2012-09-27 18:31

    no higher than 5th place , in the last 2 years no longer the same league as Stormers/Western Province?

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 20:13

      Should a team that has been unable to win the trophy for 17yr and 11yr even still be allowed in the competition?

      Hugo Klaasen - 2012-09-27 20:30

      Dont feed the trolls...

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 20:52

      @Hugo Looser? Loser? Luzer?

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-09-27 18:42

    0? !.'.r

  • bertrand.mauvis - 2012-09-27 19:17

    Lets just say this... if Spies played at 80% of his reputation for the Boks, then it would be a loss... But currently, he needs the rest and a rethink of how he will make his comeback! He has a LOT to prove before he gets my thumbs up! in the mean time, i am going to support Duane!

  • marcello.plaatjies.5 - 2012-09-27 19:24

    Not a bad backup to Duane V and Ryan K.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-28 05:33

      Better back-ups to Duane than Spies: Deon Fourie, Josh Strauss, Nick Koster, Nizaam Carr. Or use one of SA's numerous quality flankers as a back up and have Willem Alberts cover 8th man.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-09-27 20:54

    spies het meer tyd nodig om nog spierre te bou sodat hy nog vetter en stadiger kan wees

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 21:07

      @theuns jacobs Hy sal twee passasier skepe moet opvreet voor hy so dik dom en stadig soos Duane is.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-28 01:24

      He heard he had to give a urine sample, so he intentionally slammed his finger in his bakkie's door.

  • dowwe.duane - 2012-09-27 21:20

    @Hugo Klaasen Sorry sorry dat ek jou so geterg het oor jou verspotte spelling, ek sien nou eers jy is 'n fotograaf. As jy eendag 'n rerige werk het sal die spelling dalk optel. Baie jammer

      Hugo Klaasen - 2012-09-28 17:42

      Hahaha...shame ou, jy wens jy het my lewe....

  • grap.gat.56 - 2012-09-27 21:31

    @dowwe.duane - genugtig maar jy is 'n eersteklas poeph0l. Ek hoop nie jy dink jy beindruk enigiemand met jou kamstige grade en $2 miljoen 'n jaar salaris nie. Ons weet almal jy sit eintlik in Danville en tik comments op jou nokia 3210. Selfs al was dit die geval, is jy een van daai sad ouens wat net gesit en swot het omdat jy nie vriende gehad het nie, en nou kan jy nie 'n vrou kry nie omdat jy 'n wan-aangepaste idioot is. En as jy wel een kry wat jou trou vir jou geld, gaan sy jou verneuk met elke ou wat sy teeloop, omdat jy nie 'n regte man is nie. In fact, jou ma is 'n beter man as wat jy is... Gaan sit in die hoek, jy gee die ander Bulls ondersteuners 'n slegte naam. "Next Please"

  • nollie.vosloo - 2012-09-27 21:36

    Best news since Morne was dropped !

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-28 00:22

      Now only Kirchner needs to be dropped and we can make it three in a row for good news stories.

  • nollie.vosloo - 2012-09-27 21:37

    Best news since Morne was dropped.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-27 23:38

    Best news in a long time.

  • wade.johnson.58726 - 2012-09-28 02:05

    ...for such a big; muscular and fast guy, Spies is really disappointing at International level. Just doesn't have a Rugby brain. Other than the opinions of SOME Simple minded Bulls supporters, I think the mass consensus agrees that, this injury is a blessing in Disguise, for the Boks.

  • calliedj - 2012-09-28 02:23

    A finger injury keeps you out for 6 months? Fishy Spiesie...

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-28 03:52

      Very fishy. Just like that story about coughing up blood/lung disease or whatever it was.

      rick.debruin1 - 2012-09-28 07:45

      Can someone say STEROIDS break!!!

  • bidvir.dowweduane - 2012-09-28 09:12

    Daar is `n page op facebook wat mense kan gan like = `Bid vir Dowwe Duane` Redes vir bid behels : -sy drankprobleem -die feit wat hy werkloos is en tussen werke spring -dat hy geen meisie,vrou,kinders, of vriende het nie

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-28 15:43

      @stirrer.stirrer Doctor would just like to mention to you that you have about 90min of internet left at work. How does your "loving" family feel about not having internet at home and all your friends do have?

  • bidvir.dowweduane - 2012-09-28 09:18

    Die Dowwe Duane storie: As `n kind het hy nooit aandag gekry nie. Beide sy ouers het vir hom `n lewe probeer maak. Dis die rede hoekom hy kom aandag soek op die site. Hy het skool gegaan by `n klein skool waar hy min vriende gehad het en 4de span rugby gespeel het waar hy sy rugby kennis gekry het. Sy punte in matriek was swak,maar goed genoeg om `n sertifikaat in rekenaars te doen. Na hy sy studies nie kon deurkom nie het hy begin werk soek. Hy het van een werk na die ander gespring en is tydens werkloos. Dit kan duidelik gesien word in sy tyd wat hy op die site deurbring. Hy is al diep in sy 30s, maar het geen vrou,kinders,meisie,vriende nie as gevoelg van sy drankprobleem. Ek vra dat almal sal bid vir Duane. Hy het al die hulp nodig wat hy kan kry.

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-28 15:43

      @stirrer.stirrer Doctor would just like to mention to you that you have about 90min of internet left at work. How does your "loving" family feel about not having internet at home and all your friends do have?

  • marthin.bekker.9 - 2012-09-28 10:21

    big Pierre Spies.. with a buckled finger??... since when did our guys become such softies.. strap up the finger and send him on man!....

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