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Oosthuizen set to miss World Cup

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The Springboks’ injury woes worsened when it was revealed that prop Coenie Oosthuizen is set to miss the Rugby World Cup due to a neck injury.

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Oosthuizen, who has left the Cheetahs to further his career at the Sharks in 2016, was included in coach Heyneke Meyer’s 49-man Springbok squad but did not join the rest of the group in Johannesburg this week as he was recovering from surgery.

Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts revealed that the injury should not spell the end of the 26-year-old’s rugby career.

“At the end of the day, a player needs to take care of his own interests,” Roberts told Netwerk24.

“Coenie visited a very competent specialist and we decided he should make sure of his future in rugby.

“He will probably give up his dream to play in the World Cup this year, but at least he’ll be able to keep on playing.”

Oosthuizen has represented South Africa in 21 Tests since making his debut against England in Durban in 2012.

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  1. Terrible news for the guy… gut-wrenching for him…

    But I cannot help but feel this is due to another season of him being forced to play TH (where he seems to get injured most)!

    Pushing him there out of position to accommodate Trevor at LH for the Boks always seemed like a huge mistake to me, particularly when Beast hasn’t had a good season in quite some time.

    Poor buy by the Sharks… can only hope Coenie heals up strong for next season…

  2. @DavidS:

    How is it that those damn Kiwis have managed to rotate their Super players, had their best season in eons AND are now heading into the test season with zero injuries and their strongest depth in my living memory?

    Not to mention their important combinations for example centre/replacement centre were already established last season!

    The South African on the other hand were played into the ground (rested when ‘injured’), had their worst Super season in more than a decade AND are heading into the test season with almost a full XV injured and/or out of form and zero important combo’s established.

    Not to mention they will be facing yet another devastating exodus of important Super rugby players come next season…

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