JDV blow for Stormers/Boks

April 17, 2012
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The Stormers have received a massive blow with the news that centre and captain Jean de Villiers has injured ligaments in his hand.

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According to Die Burger, there are fears that De Villiers could be out for a couple of months, which will also be a big blow to the Springboks who play England in a three-Test series in June.

De Villiers was expected to play in Bok coach Heyneke Meyer‘s team with Meyer indicating on Monday he will look for experienced players when picking his team to face the English.

Wing Danie Poolman boarded a plane for Australia on Monday to replace De Villiers.

The Stormers are busy preparing to face the defending champions, the Reds, in Brisbane on Friday.

De Villiers’s absence leaves Stormers coach Allister Coetzeewith a tough decision, as regular captain Schalk Burger is also currently sidelined with a knee injury and only expected back in May.

Andries Bekker is the Stormers’ vice-captain but he injured his lower back against the Crusaders and will miss the clash against the Reds.

Eightman Duane Vermeulen, hooker Tiaan Liebenberg and scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage are the other leaders in the group who could be considered for captain.

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10 Comments

  1. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    nothing new – this was about to happen as it does every year at the stormers.

    Injuries a bit early but inevitable! :shake:

  2. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    no rotation especially with that game-plan is fatal!

  3. avatar KingPaul says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Ek is meer geworry oor die Stormers wat al hul leiers verloor as oor die standaard van die speler. JdV het my genoeg moerig gehad die afgelope 6 weke, miskien tyd dat ons sien wat iemand anders kan doen om te kyk of ons agterlyn aan die gang kan kom. Maar op die langtermyn gaan sy besering tog die Stormers aan die gat byt.
    Nou eers gaan daar laaaaang trane gehuil word oor Whitehead en Sadie….

  4. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 9:09 am:

    Yep…

  5. avatar Americano says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    SCHALK BRITS
    to
    The Rescue

  6. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    This is where punters are going to see the value of JDV’s form is this year…

    Enter Frans for the tests… he’d better go see Van Graan and co sharpish…

  7. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 12:19 pm:

    he will be in france till at least the end of May and if Metro make the semi’s he will only be back in SA by mid June

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 12:39 pm:

    I thought he had an escape clause this year for the test season?

  9. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:20 pm:

    as kak as they have been playing Metro are 5th on the log and in reach of a semi. If they make it you can bet your bottom dollar they & he will want to be there for the Semi and final!

    Winning the Top 14 in france is big! For some clubs bigger than winning the HC!

  10. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 3:26 pm:

    For sure…

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