Bad news for Arno

Springbok loose forward Arno Botha has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2013 season after rupturing ligaments in his knee during the Castle Lager Incoming Series victory over Scotland in Nelspruit on Saturday.

Botha was forced to leave the field in the fourth minute of only his second Test for South Africa when he injured his left knee.

The former SA Under-20 captain was taken for scans in Pretoria on Sunday, which confirmed the diagnosis of an injury to his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments. It will require surgical correction and he will be out for the remainder of the season.

“Losing Arno is a big blow as he had a very good Test debut last weekend against Italy,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“Luckily he is still very young and I’m sure with the correct medical treatment and rehabilitation we will see him back on the field again in 2014.”

Meyer said that a call on a possible replacement for Botha will be made at a later stage.

“We do have good cover at loose forward – Siya Kolisi, Marcell Coetzee and Pieter Labuschagne are all capable replacements. Furthermore Francois Louw is back tomorrow and Willem Alberts has responded well to treatment and will probably in the frame for selection this week,” said Meyer.

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7 Comments on Bad news for Arno

  1. And he know it too…his painful expression like Vermaak was really heart sore moment.

    What does Lappies have to do to play? Tall, fast(some disagree) and a linking player with a huuuuge tackle count.

    Its clear Spies does not have enough mongrel, dam pure breeds. Don’t like Alberts at 8 but sure better than Spies. I saw him bend down once to try fetch but it was like a giraffe at a watering hole.

    This game showed the importance of a fetcher. Everyone should fetch of course but this role is the living on the line and been a general nuisance.

    Takes a special breed for that role, putting your body on the line knowing those huge clear outs are coming.

    Fetchers just follow the pill.

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  2. This is bad news for Arno, he was having a great season. Hope you recover fully and come back next season in full flight. You are a future Bok great if you can keep at it. A monster on attack, defense and tons of mongrel.

    As for Spies, have to agree, he is only effective in a backrow where at least one other player provides the mongrel. Arno was that last weekend so Spies seemed okay, this weekend we lacked it. So if Alberts is not ready to play seven, we need a different 8 for this weekend, unless Spies shows that mongrel suddenly. He is certainly big enough, he has the heart for it, that I know, so I dont know what is holding him back.

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  3. Reply to Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa @ 5:23 am:

    To be honest – APLON will be more affective as an 8 than Stok!It looked like he was coming to some form early on in the Super XV season but he has a lot of guys in the Bulls team that caver his lack of work. At test level for the bokke there is no time to cover for Spies!
    What was Duiwels saying regarding Butch?? It applies to Spies (Stok) even more!! :Rule 9:

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