LIVE

    Redelinghuys' future still in doubt

    2017-01-24 11:30

    Cape Town - Lions and Springbok prop Julian Redelinghuys is still hopeful of a return to rugby despite doctors not being as optimistic about his chances of lacing up his boots again.

    Redelinghuys sustained a serious neck injury during last year's Currie Cup semi-final between the Free State Cheetahs and Golden Lions in Bloemfontein.

    Redelinghuys was stretchered off the field early in the second half of the Free State Cheetahs' 55-17 victory.

    The Bok tighthead twisted his neck in a collision with Cheetahs hooker, Torsten van Jaarsveld.

    Lions team doctor Rob Collins confirmed at the time that Redelinghuys sustained a "dislocation" of his neck at the C5/6 level.

    Redelinghuys underwent surgery immediately after the incident, and missed the Currie Cup final as well as the Boks' 2016 end of year tour to Europe.

    He posted a message on his Instagram account after returning home from hospital, praising God and the people who wished him well.

    "The rehabilitation is going really well," Redelinghuys told Netwerk24 on Monday.

    "I haven't yet been to a doctor who thinks it's a good idea for me to play again, but I still have hope. What they are saying makes sense. This was after all my second neck operation," Redelinghuys added.

    Redelinghuys, 27, represented SA Schools in 2006 and 2007 and was a member of the SA Junior Boks at the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship in Japan where the team finished third.

    He made his Super Rugby debut for the Lions in 2014 and to date has played 47 matches.

    Redelinghuys has also represented the Springboks on 8 occasions.

    Ironically considering the scene of Redelinghuys' injury, the Lions will open their 2017 Super Rugby campaign against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, February 25 at 15:05.

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Fixtures

    Friday, 31 January 2020
    • Blues v Chiefs, Eden Park 08:05
    • Brumbies v Reds, GIO Stadium 10:15
    • Sharks v Bulls, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 19:10
    Saturday, 01 February 2020
    • Sunwolves v Rebels, Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium 05:45
    • Crusaders v Waratahs, Trafalgar Park 08:05
    • Stormers v Hurricanes, Cape Town 15:05
    Sunday, 02 February 2020
    • Jaguares v Lions, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 01:00

    Results

    No results are available

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts
    • Bulls (Q)
    • Jaguares (wc)
    • Lions
    • Sharks
    • Stormers

    Opinion Poll

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

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

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