Springboks

Hendricks: Don't treat me any differently

2016-12-15 12:29
Cornal Hendricks

Cape Town - If everything goes well with his medical at Toulon in the coming days, Cornal Hendricks will be back on a rugby field soon. 

It is a quite remarkable story, given that he was told at the beginning of the year that he would never play again when he was diagnosed with a heart condition. 

Hendricks this week opened up to Sport24 on what has been a testing year for him, both emotionally and physically, but he is keen to put it all behind him as he looks to get back to what he knows best ... playing rugby and scoring tries. 

He has kept fit throughout the year by playing touch rugby every day, running and working out in the gym, and while he is thankful for the support he has received from the rugby-loving community throughout this difficult period, he has a strong message for fans. 

"If people see me in the streets, I just want them to ask me how I am as a person and not ask me anything about my health," Hendricks pleaded. 

"I feel like an old man when they do that. Please, they must just ask me how I'm doing.

"As they can see, I'm back in the game. Sometimes I feel it's a bit disrespectful.

"I know that everybody is concerned ... but I've moved on and I want everyone to move on. Maybe they can say 'welcome back', or something like that."

Hendricks had joined the Stormers from the Cheetahs ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby campaign, but his condition meant that he was never capped by the Newlands-based franchise. 

He leaves for Toulon on Sunday.

Read more on:    toulon  |  springboks  |  cornal hendricks  |  rugby

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How will the Springboks fare at this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.