Spies out of Rugby Championship


Springbok No 8 Pierre Spies was on Tuesday ruled out of The Castle Rugby Championship because of an injury to his left ring finger.

Spies, who played in his 50th Test against England in Port Elizabeth in June, injured his finger in the Vodacom Super Rugby Qualifier against the Crusaders last month.

According to Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts, initial X-rays did not reveal any significant abnormality.

“However, on review and further investigation, including a CT scan and assessment by a hand specialist in Cape Town, it was found that Pierre had a fracture into the joint,” said Roberts.

“Surgical correction is needed in order to prevent permanent damage. The usual rehabilitation time for these kinds of injuries is eight to 12 weeks.”

At this stage, Spies will not be replaced in the Springbok squad currently preparing for the opening Test of The Castle Rugby Championship, on Saturday at DHL Newlands, against Argentina.

“We have faith in the players in the squad and will consider the call-up of a possible replacement at a later stage,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Losing Pierre is obviously a setback, because he is the most experienced member of our forward pack, but we will never take any risks with injured players. Injuries are part of the game and this now provides an opportunity for someone else to stake a claim.”

Spies joins four other Springbok loose forwards that are currently not available for selection. Schalk Burger, Juan Smith and Heinrich Brüssow are injured, while Ryan Kankowski is not available because of club commitments in Japan.

Furthermore another player that was in the selection frame, Duane Vermeulen, will only return to action for DHL Western Province in the Absa Currie Cup this weekend after a four-month layoff because of a knee injury.

Lock forward Eben Etzebeth took full part in training on Tuesday. The Springbok team for the first Test will be named on Wednesday.

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  1. Well needed time away from rugby imo. Hope he comes back hungry to perform and prove his critics wrong.

    My loose trio will be:
    8 Alberts
    7 Coetzee
    6 Kolisi, until Brussouw is back.

  2. I wish no player ill – hope the next 8 will prove the coach what is missing at 8 at the moment though!
    I am no fan of Vermeulen either so hope Alberts or even Daniel can make the position his own!

  3. Reply to KingPaul @ 8:36 am:

    Dis nie eers kak soek nie

    Dink daaraan… met die ou wat los en voorry kan speel maak dit mos baie moontlikhede op die bank oop… as jy dan vir Tiger en Lammertjie op die bank het kan jy 2/5 split en met Fourie dan cover jy los en haker so jy kan twee stutte, slot en ekstra los voorspeler op die bank speel.

    Dink aan iets soos

    Pat Cilliers
    Juandre Kruger
    Derrick Minnie / Duane Vermeulen

    Jy het dan basies ‘n hele nuwe voorry EN met Alberts kan jy selfs kyk na 4 slotte en twee los voorspelers om mee te skommel…

    Baie interessante moontlikhede daar…

  4. With Spies out they have lost the ability to dominate the LO’s (a key weapon), it remains to be seen how much better Keegan’s open-play is over Pierre’s at this level albeit it’s only Argentina not the AB’s nor Aus…

  5. Alberts is no 8. Sharks moved him to 8, his form dropped, got dropped/injured came back at 7 firing.

    There is a certain Vrystaater who is the best 8. But they dont make them like they used to.

  6. Reply to DavidS @ 9:34 am:

    Hehe… come now… we all know we’ve never and still do not have an 8 that can run off the back at pace around contact and not too upright and Keegan is not that flash off the back of the pack…

    But unlike the first two tests against England… this is the time for a few experiments…