Clean bill of health as Kings enter bye weekend
Cape Town - The Southern Kings have
reported no new injuries following a bruising Vodacom Super Rugby encounter with
the Lions last weekend.
With the exception of the usual
bumps and bruises that follow tough Super Rugby matches, Southern Kings
team doctor, Konrad von Hagen, confirmed that the team would enjoy their first
bye week of the season without any new injury concerns.
“We are happy not to have sustained
any injuries from the weekend’s match against the Lions,” Von Hagen
confirmed on Monday.
“There are some minor post-match
niggles, like any other week, but we are pleased with the fact that we have no
new major injuries. There is also the added bonus of a bye this week which will
allow the players’ bodies enough time for recovery ahead of the tour to
“We can also confirm that all the
players, with the exception of those on the long-term injury list, will be available
for selection for the Australian tour.”
The Southern Kings depart for
Australia on Saturday, where they will tour for three weeks with fixtures
against the Force (April 9), Reds (April 15) and Waratahs (April
21), before they return home to face the Rebels at the Nelson Mandela
Bay Stadium on April 28.
Last week prop, Schalk Ferreira,
underwent a successful operation on a torn bicep that was injured against
the Sharks in Durban a fortnight ago.
The Southern Kings captain has been
ruled out of action for 12 to 16 weeks, and joins the long-term injury list
which includes flank CJ Velleman (knee), who is expected back in action next
month, lock Cameron Lindsay (knee) and scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen (ankle) - both
of whom are expected to make full recoveries in the next two months.
Makazole Mapimpi, who was a late
withdrawal from the match against the Lions last weekend due to a
thigh injury, has been given an all-clear and will be available for selection
for the tour to Australia.