Rugby

Hendricks gets lifeline at Kings

2017-08-15 08:40
Cornal Hendricks (Getty)

Cape Town - Former Springbok wing Cornal Hendricks has received the opportunity to revive his career at the Southern Kings.

Hendricks, who has been sidelined with a heart ailment, recently made his return to rugby at the World Club 10s tournament in Mauritius in June.

He has now been drafted into the Southern Kings’ squad for the upcoming PRO14.

However, Kings CEO Charl Crous told Netwerk24 that Hendricks would need to pass a medical test as part of their contracting process.

The 29-year-old, who represented the Springboks in 12 Tests, was diagnosed with a heart ailment in 2016 which threatened to end his career.

Hendricks attempted to make a comeback this year, but missed out on contracts at French club Toulon and the Bulls due to medical reasons.

He had been ruled out of rugby at the beginning of last season soon after signing with the Stormers in Super Rugby.

He didn't play a game for the Cape Town-based franchise, and when a routine SA Rugby test revealed his condition, he was forced into early retirement.

Hendricks also played Super Rugby for the Cheetahs and was previously a stand-out for South Africa's sevens team, winning Commonwealth gold in Glasgow in 2014.

He recently also trained with the Cheetahs and Boland in his quest to make a comeback.


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