Taute's Bok dream put on hold

2012-05-29 07:41

Cape Town - The Lions have confirmed that backline player Jaco Taute will be out of action for at least a month, which rules him out of possible selection for the Springbok series against England.

Taute is part of coach Heyneke Meyer's initial Springbok training group ahead of the England series, but a shoulder injury he picked up against the Force on Saturday means he cannot be considered for Springbok selection.

The first Test against England starts in Durban on June 9, followed by Tests in Johannesburg (June 16) and Port Elizabeth (June 23).

According to Beeld, the 21-year-old who moved from fullback to centre to help the Lions in their injury crisis, went for a scan on Monday to determine the exact extent of the injury but he is expected to be out for between four and five weeks.

His absence could see Butch James return at centre for the Lions' clash against the Sharks in Johannesburg on Saturday.

James has served his four-week suspension after he was banned for shoulder charging Brumbies lock Scott Fardy in their clash at Coca-Cola Park on April 27.

Their clash against the Sharks kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday.


  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-29 07:54

    thats sad

  • daniersa - 2012-05-29 08:02

    A pity, best fullback in the country.

  • PienkMasjien - 2012-05-29 08:05

    Sterkte, die Bokke het jou nodig.

  • Nico - 2012-05-29 08:39

    great pity, he is an awesome player!

  • champ.sepa - 2012-05-29 08:45

    Jaco was headboy at Monnas and passed Matric with 6 distinctions. He'll be back!

  • Dustin - 2012-05-29 08:54

    Pity, would have loved to see him partner F Steyn in midfield for the Bokke.

  • Sean - 2012-05-29 09:40

    He'll make the boks next year. I'm sure the Bulls or Sharks will sign him quickly for Super Rugby 2013.

      Gavin - 2012-05-29 10:56

      unfortunately that's the reason the Lions will never be a great side, we grow the talent so well but just let them go off to make the other franchises stronger

      Sean - 2012-05-29 12:11

      Gavin, with no Super Rugby there is no way we can keep any of the better players next year. We have a few really good schools acting as nurseries for the talent to come through, at least we can still add to the national pool. I think we may see this guy at centre in Blue kit next year. That would tempt me to travel up the N1 to watch a game or two...

      Priester - 2012-05-29 17:59

      Now Sean THAT makes sense! I would love to see him in the Bulls side at centre. At this stage Olivier is just not up to it and I believe Taute and JJ, supported by Sadie will be a great combination. Now for Kirchner....... he also needs replacement. Blou Bul Groete!

  • Burtfred - 2012-05-29 10:26

    What a pity. Taute is a classy player and still young. His chance will come.

  • wanderering.wanderer - 2012-05-29 10:28

    Pocock should have been sited for this, it was deliberate and dangerous.

      Sean - 2012-05-29 12:14

      I thought the same as it happened. I am not defending Butch, but this was not dissimilar to what he did five weeks back. It is in fact happening more and more each week! There will be worse injuries than this. Maybe the IRB should look at this scenario when they consider new rules.

  • clive.harding3 - 2012-05-29 12:17

    Great, so the Sharks get a 25 point handicap just for Butch James playing.

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