Boks' injury list mounts

2011-07-06 14:55

Cape Town - The Springbok medical team announced on Wednesday that a number of players had been put on intense rehabilitation programmes, following medical assessments in Cape Town.

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Team doctor, Craig Roberts, said that a number of players faced a race against time to be fit to take part in the Tri-Nations, but that no one had been ruled out of contention for selection for the Rugby World Cup.

“Schalk Burger and Duane Vermeulen recently sustained serious injuries and will definitely not be ready to take part but we’re hopeful that others who have had long-term injuries, such as Juan Smith, Heinrich Brüssow and Gurthrö Steenkamp, may be available at some point in the Tri-Nations,” he said.

“There are a number of other players who have been playing through Super Rugby with chronic injuries and need rehabilitation now to avoid the risk of the breaking down with longer term injuries in the near future.”

Andy Marinos, manager of National Teams for SARU, said that the medical team had taken a pragmatic approach to what is an intense international season.

“Some players have had a huge amount of rugby and it shows in the wear and tear on their bodies,” said Marinos. “We’re treating them on an individual basis to make sure they are fully fit to peak at the right times this year.”

Marinos said that the Springbok squad for the Springboks’ opening two Tests of the Tri-Nations would be named on Saturday.

Injured players unavailable for selection for the away leg of the Tri-Nations are:

Duane Vermeulen (knee), Fourie du Preez (knee), Schalk Burger (thumb), Victor Matfield (calf and neck), Frans Steyn (ankle and back), Jaque Fourie (groin), Jean de Villiers (groin), BJ Botha (knee), Juan Smith (Achilles), Willem Alberts (shoulder), Bismarck du Plessis (shoulder), Andries Bekker (shoulder, groin and ankle), Jannie du Plessis (knee), Francois Louw (clavicle), Gurthrö Steenkamp (forearm), Francois Hougaard (ankle), Butch James (knee), JP Pietersen (back), Tendai Mtawarira (hamstring), Bryan Habana (shoulder), Bakkies Botha (knee)


  • CamsComment - 2011-07-06 15:01

    So who is going?

      GHT - 2011-07-06 15:09

      Hmm. Just as I predicted. Conveniently most of the guys that have a lot of game time already this year but are certainties for the rwc squad now suddenly have injuries. I mean. Jaque Fourie and Matfield now both injured? I'm pretty sure it would have been front page news and well documented if these "injuries" were real. But at least now we can send a weaker team to tour down under without breaching our SANZAR contract. Take a breather guys. And bring back the Cup!

      Mike Webber - 2011-07-06 15:18

      @GHT Ja, when I saw this headline I immediately thought that most of the players on the 'injury list' would be RWC Boks. So no surprises here. Having said that, even if it's deliberate, I like the idea. I think we need as much rest and managed recovery as we can get ahead of the RWC. So even if it's tactical, I like the idea. Hopefully it doesn't backfire.

  • wordzworth rhymesmith - 2011-07-06 15:03

    Smoke Screen

      Krugga - 2011-07-06 15:19

      Agree, I think this is more of a notice to NZ and Aus that we will not be sending our strongest team. I dont believe for one minute all those guys have injuries preventing them from playing. Rugby doctors are like mob accountants, good liars.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-06 15:38

      We promised Sanzar we would send full strength Bok teams to Oz and NZ........John o Neill is going to pee in his Armani pants when he finds out about these "injuries".

      Krugga - 2011-07-06 16:20

      They do the same when it suites them, Carter and Richie wrapped in cotton wool for the S15 and with them making the final it would be interesting to see what their injuries list looks like come Monday.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-06 16:24

      @Krugga - I know those cheats would do (and have done exactly the same) - but I can not wait for John o Neils comments from Australia :) Remember how postal he went in 2007 when Jake did the same? Fun times ahead.....but I say GOOD ON YOU P DIVVY AND CO. Silly Sanzar made us play this drawn out Super Rugby tournie, and they insist we send our strongest players - so big up to the Bok management for showing them the finger, and bucking the system.

      Bev Harrison - 2011-07-06 16:36

      Reading through the list of injuries, the one that stands out as the most ridiculous is Schalk Burger, his thumb!!!!! is that the best he could do to be rested. All the others have knees, backs & groins etc!!!! Just saying>

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-06 16:53

      Ok @Bev - seriously?????? Schalk fractured his thumb during the S15 semi-final on Saturday....that is why he only played one half. He was operated on Sunday morning already.............Serious enough for you?

      mike - 2011-07-07 01:09

      Bev he slammed it in his locker door at half time cause he couldn't handle another 40 mins of that crap!

  • Will99 - 2011-07-06 15:03

    Bloody hell, that's a big list! But like we said from the beginning, the rugby season is too long. And who listens?? Nobody!!

  • Hanjo - 2011-07-06 15:07

    So we currently don't have enough fit players for a squad of 30 from our initial 49 man group, plus Deysel.

  • Carl vg - 2011-07-06 15:08

    Hi Guys just a question that I have had for a while that I would appreciate an answer to... but please don't stone me since I am just asking. Why is Juan Smith (7 flank) rated as like the best flank we have in SA? I know the guy is strong, plays hard and we can use him as an extra line out jumper.. But he never (well almost never) passes the ball.. Always just gets the ball and runs straight into the other guys... He doesn't really steal ball at the breakdown, although I know he is very good at cleaning out the ruck. My point is just he hasn't played any rugby this season what makes him so good that he can just walk into the team.

      Hanjo - 2011-07-06 15:15

      he has roughly 50caps to his name, you can't buy that kind of experience, neither can you simply chuck it away ...he may not have had the best season, but the same can be said of a bunch of other experienced players, but with that amount of games played for the Bokke, he has proved he is world class, so he is much less of a risk than lets say bringing in a guy like Ashley Johnson, josh Strauss, etc. who have all had very good seasons, but aren't tested at test level, and may not be able to make the transition from Provincial to national team successfully. He is also a blindside flanker, so Stealing the ball isn't exactly what he is chosen for. Gurthro Steenkamp is exactly in the same position, didn't play a game for the Bulls this season, but his form in previous years combined with his experience secures him a spot in the team...makes perfect sense to me.

      Mike Webber - 2011-07-06 15:22

      It's called experience. Juan Smith was one of the unsung HEROES of the 2007 RWC. Most of our current team in fact, the core, will be riding off the old boys. DIV is hoping to use most of Jake White's team to duplicate the result of the last World Cup.

      mike - 2011-07-06 15:54

      Juan Smith is the best Blind side flank in the world man. He cleans out, jumps in the lineouts, carry the ball and contributes in the tight loose aswell as tackles like a demon. There aren't many players out there that can compete on all the aspects of play. In fact they very rare, even Alberts and Deysel are limited to 2 or 3 aspects. Add to that his experience and man you have an asset of note. To me Juan, Victor and Fourie are the 3 boks we need to play in the knock out stages or you can just right us off in the WC. Ps - why the hell would we want him to pass the ball, his job is to hit the opposition hard and make em cry!

      Chandré Pelser - 2011-07-06 16:23

      "He almost never passes" - justified. I want to add to that: * He crosses the advantage line 99% of the time, even though opposition knows he won't pass * The ONE time he passed was the pass that put Jacque Fourie in for the WINNING TRY against the British Lions.

      Stompies - 2011-07-06 16:35

      Some players/positions are often used to draw in the defence and/or to set up further phases. Wynand O is often being used by the Bulls in this manner and get wrongfully critisized for it.( But he also scored more tries this season than any other inside SA centre!)

      mike - 2011-07-07 01:11

      Well said Stompies! Pitty most people don't know enough about rugby to figure that out for themselves.

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-07 14:11

      @Stompie high 5 :)

  • Makutu - 2011-07-06 15:10

    Noooo! Not my favourite player in Francois Louw. Jeeze, that guy is good. At least Mvovo will get a chance in Habana's place. Boks, learn from the Stormers. The game of rugby is won on the field of play, not in the madia. Complacency is not good.

  • gkrause - 2011-07-06 15:12

    For a moment I thought this was the team selected. Whould have been a great run-on 15.

  • IKnowRugby - 2011-07-06 15:15

    I guess this is the easy way to not send our # 1 team to Tri-Nations without getting into trouble

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-08 01:35

      Who says it wil not turn out to be our best team? I remember people commenting on these pages that many of the stay-at-homers are not really up to scratch this year. Even if SANZAR can prove that those guys are not injured, can they prove that they are (still) the best?

  • bongunk - 2011-07-06 15:15

    great tactic to rest players for rwc, just claim they're injured. go sarfu!

      Kok - 2011-07-06 19:57

      YeaH. I just know of a couple of injured guys. Where do the other injuries come from? Beast, JP. Habana, Bakkies, Matfield, Bekker (3 injuries), etc. This is rubbish!! May the Aussies and ABs rip this 2nd team apart - mental blow before the WC.

      Steyts - 2011-07-06 23:06

      @KOK - BAHAHAHAHAHA, yeah right... It was a huge mental blow in 2007 as well! Wanker!

  • Koos - 2011-07-06 15:17

    Well, finally some common sense. The whole squad needs rest, not just 21. Giving up the World Cup in an attempt to win the Tri-Nations makes no sense at all. These guys need to be fresh and focused when going down under to defend their world cup. The current Super 15 venue is a career killer.

  • Mark Edwards - 2011-07-06 15:18

    All these injuries..... 15. Gio Aplon 14. Bjorn Basson 13. Stephan Terreblanche - Captain (Not WO) 12. Juan De Jongh 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Pat Lambie 9. Ruan Pienaar (prefer Sarel Pretorius... Nou ja) 8. Ryan Kankowski 7. Ashley Johnston 6. Deon Stegman 5. Alistar Hargreeves 4. Flip Van der Merwe 3. BJ Botha 2. Chilliboy Rallepele (Schalk Brits not in the squad) 1. Coennie Oosthuisen

      Makutu - 2011-07-06 15:25

      Why BJ Botha? I'd put Werner Kruger there!

      mike - 2011-07-06 15:58

      Dam Mark the Aussies and Ab's gonna kill your team mate. Only 2 guys in your backline that can actually tackle! Your back three may sound awesome when we have the ball but where they going to be when we don't have it. Aplon again showed he isn't the man for the tough games and Basson and Mvovo can't tackle to save there lives.

      Kok - 2011-07-06 17:27

      The Crusaders will trash this team of yours.

      Steyts - 2011-07-06 23:07

      Stegmann, the king of penalties and the best way to lose a game!!

      mike - 2011-07-07 01:13

      Sorry man actually Connie is the king, Steggies is just a crown prince!

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-08 11:10

      @Mark - clearly a Shark. Terreblanche? Clearly....

  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-07-06 15:19

    What about PDivvy (brain)??

  • MB1810 - 2011-07-06 15:26

    That is pretty much the whole team

  • Nic Williams - 2011-07-06 15:29

    Haha! thats not the injured list thats basically the world cup squad!! DIV i you sneaky bastard!! you have and ace up your sleeve and I LIKE IT!!!

      Totman - 2011-07-06 15:51

      I also picked that up as well. Only players that he still want to check out are available and or where he still wonders you will be the best for certain positions. I also said Div you sneaky bastard with a big smile on my face.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-06 16:21

      @Nic - the other trick Div has up his sleeve is that John Smit is not on this list of first choice, sorry I mean injured players. From that one can deduce that JS will be part of the 3N ( as captain ) and bow out before RWC. If somehow he ( JS ) does pull off a miraculous feet with 2nd stringers he may get the nod and support from us all - Div may be smarter than we give him credit for. Jedi mind tricks have started....

      GHT - 2011-07-06 16:28

      @ Rob. John Smit did not get a lot of game time in the S15. Thats why he has to go. He will go to the RWC.

  • Luan - 2011-07-06 15:40

    Goodluck building a team from scratch! I would rest these players for the world cup!

      Brannas - 2011-07-06 16:25

      I will rest the stormer clan till after the world cup, by doing that the Boks might have a chance to win the WC and the stormers might have a chance to be in the Currie Cup semis again.

      Lock - 2011-07-06 16:59

      Brannas jy het rerig n probleem, siestog, het n Kaapse meisie jou hartjie gebreek in die verlede... vertel vir ons wats fout...

  • marthinus.muller - 2011-07-06 15:40

    ja snorre dit is so helder soos dag lig dat daai basies jou wereld beker groep is en net met so n paar reserwe spelers by.manne soos spies,de jongh,aplion,grant,en so kan die lys aan gaan,ek kan sien jy hou jou kaarte styf teen jou bors vas,maar ek hoop ons verdedig die beker goed in nz,maar ons sal maar net n teenvoeter moet vind vir hul pak wat kookwater rugby speel,en dan nog die aussie is nie ver agter nie,met manne so cooper,genia en kie nie,so die wereldbeker gaan baie interresant wees

  • smallies - 2011-07-06 15:43

    skerp skerp skerp

  • John Sha - 2011-07-06 16:05

    Just happens to be the whole first choice springbok team.

  • Grunk - 2011-07-06 16:10

    This, as could have been predicted nine months ago, has made a mockery of having an extended number of Super teams in an RWC year as well as a Tri-Nations series. In fact I've been too polite. It was an effing stupid decision and the fans generally have been the losers in respect of quality rugby to watch and the players have become an endangered species..

  • Maori - 2011-07-06 16:21

    Wow- interesting times call for interesting measures. Not a secret that a B - team will play in the Tri-Nations. Bokkies will be smashed and get a pschological blow - these defeats will be in the back of their minds albeit the A-team travelling to NZ in September. Is a strategy to rest key players, but can backfire.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-06 16:28

      @Maori - B team might get smashed yes (the A team and everyone involved with the Boks knows the risk of this happening) - But who cares. The top 21 players spend one month doing intensive conditioning and planning with Rassie, Coetzee and Nienaber (when available)....... This sure as hell is a risk I would be HAPPY to take.

      Grunk - 2011-07-06 19:29

      Saffa - you do realise that you are condoning fraud (and a very incompetent SANZAR structure)????

      Kok - 2011-07-06 20:00

      Bring them on!!! A or B team - We, The ABs will smash both anytime, any day, any where.

      Kok - 2011-07-06 20:02

      In actual fact, I think our u/20 champion team can beat the Bok A team any day.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-07 07:04

      @Grunk - Sadly Sanzar don't leave much choice.....tis their greed that puts our players in this position. Why couldn't they have cancelled the Tri series in a WC year? We could have then played warm-up games etc. It IS terrible when one has to 'buck the system' in order to BEST prepare players for the big one - the WC - but Sanzar leave little choice.

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-07 14:23

      @Maori like the Bulls suffered a psychological blow last year when they send their B team to Newlands, or like the Bokke suffered a psyhological blow in 2007 when Jake White send the B team to the Tri-nations? :) @Kok ou GROOTBEK!!!! Go BOKKE!!!!

  • Stompies - 2011-07-06 16:28

    HA HA, so we are sending the B team without admitting it! Great strategy!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-06 16:54

      Clever Rassie ne Stompies.

  • kosie - 2011-07-06 16:29

    this is a bit of the topic, does anyone know if there is going to be a currie cup fantasy league?

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-07-06 16:40

    Very good ploy. Now they don't have to play part in this years Tri Nations. Mmmm....

  • Nic G - 2011-07-06 16:40

    LOL!!! Injuries???? rather say the guys are being rested!!

  • darquan - 2011-07-06 16:46

    3 Stormers with groin injuries? Hmmmm

  • deminimus - 2011-07-06 17:01

    Far too many matches being demanded of players and each year the number grows.Less and less players are able to survive more than one world cup.

  • sopdrol - 2011-07-06 17:17

    yes john smit sal nou span maak!!! good sign for the boks

  • Capso - 2011-07-06 17:23

    Can someone please injure John Smit

  • Kok - 2011-07-06 17:25

    Some of the guys on this forum also have injuries - mental injuries (if you read some of the comments on the blogs).

  • Eidel - 2011-07-06 18:12

    Eina maar toemaar, moenie maar vat maar

  • jochem - 2011-07-06 18:22

    If any of these guys had to play in a Super 15 final on Saturday, or two weeks from now, would they be injured? Never in your life! Amazing how "injuries" can be carried and tolerated week in and week out and suddenly - when it suits them - they're complete buggered! A circus and a farce!

  • Lebogang - 2011-07-06 18:46

    But how come Deon Stegman is better than Keegan Daniels?

  • Kok - 2011-07-06 20:01

    I hope GH also send his B-team to SA, consisting of Chiefs, Hurricanes and Highlanders players.

  • Steyts - 2011-07-06 22:55

    HAha, is it just me or is that basically the starting line up add a few players??

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-07 01:51

    Sanzar, that is what you reap when you only see money when you plan the rugby season, instead of considering the interests of the players. Do not complain if the overplayed players get injured. It is hard to believe that all those players are injured, but can you prove otherwise? Even if some of them are not really injured, it is still the right thing to rest them after a prolonged Super rugby season and ahead of an emaciating RWC. Nobody can decide for us who makes up our best team, it is our prerogative to choose a team. Damn, we cannot even decide between ourselves who should be in that team; who are you to tell us?

  • georgemtem - 2011-07-07 08:33

    Oh boks, u just wana rest players. Anyway it will be good for ABs play boks when they r fresh in the world cup tournament.

  • JuliusRetief - 2011-07-07 10:47

    Hmmm, that is pretty much our starting team in the RWC. Good plan!

  • GraemeBB - 2011-07-07 23:03

    @GHT - what worries me is that both JDV and Jaque Fourie have "groin" injuries.

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