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Injuries always form part of Super Rugby, here is the major injury concerns for the teams this week.

Bulls Jenkinson to return from New Zealand due to injury

Vodacom Bulls prop John-Roy Jenkinson suffered a hamstring injury in his Vodacom Super Rugby debut against the Blues in Albany on Saturday and will return home for further treatment, the Blue Bulls Company confirmed on Monday.

Jenkinson came on as a replacement in the second half of the match in Albany, but suffered a grade two hamstring tear. This rules him out of the remainder of the tour, which includes matches against the Chiefs and Sunwolves respectively.

Conraad van Vuuren will be flying to New Zealand to join the squad in place of Jenkinson.

A call on the fitness of Hanro Liebenberg will also be made early in the week, according to Vodacom Bulls team doctor, Dr. Herman Rossouw.

“Hanro injured a pectoral muscle and we need to see how it is responding to treatment in the next day or two before we can make a call on his continued involvement on the tour,” Rossouw said.

DHL Stormers injury update

There were four new injuries sustained by the DHL Stormers in their 44-31 Vodacom Super Rugby victory against the Sunwolves in Singapore.

Flank Rynhardt Elstadt has had scans which confirmed a full Syndesmosis ankle tear and will undergo surgery which will rule him out for three months.

Wing Seabelo Senatla has an extensive midfoot sprain including a fracture, which means that he will be sidelined for four to six weeks.

Prop Wilco Louw suffered an injury to his sternum and is expected to return to training next week whilst lock JD Schickerling will also be out of action this week as he recovers from concussion.

There was some good news on the injury front for the DHL Stormers with outside back Cheslin Kolbe (ankle) and scrumhalf Jano Vermaak (calf) both fully recovered from their respective injuries and available for selection against the Toyota Cheetahs at DHL

Newlands on Saturday.

Southern Kings injury report

The Southern Kings are pleased not report any new injuries following a bruising Vodacom Super Rugby encounter with the Emirates Lions last weekend.

With the exception of the usual bumps and bruises that follow tough Vodacom Super Rugby matches, Southern Kings team doctor, Konrad von Hagen, confirmed that the team would enjoy their first bye week of the season without any new injury concerns.

“We are happy not to have sustained any injuries from the weekend’s match against the Emirates Lions,” Dr Von Hagen confirmed on Monday.

“There are some minor post-match niggles, like any other week, but we are pleased with the fact that we have no new major injuries. There is also the added bonus of a bye this week which will allow the players’ bodies enough time for recovery ahead of the tour to Australia.

“We can also confirm that all the players, with the exception of those on the long-term injury list, will be available for selection for the Australian tour.”

The Southern Kings depart for Australia on Saturday, where they will tour for three weeks with fixtures against Western Force (April 9), Queensland Reds (April 15) and Waratahs (April 21), before they return home to face the Melbourne Rebels at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on April 28.

Last week prop, Schalk Ferreira, underwent a successful operation on his torn biceps that was injured against the Sharks in Durban a fortnight ago.

The Southern Kings captain has been ruled out of action for 12 to 16 weeks, and joins the long-term injury list which includes flanker CJ Velleman (knee), who is expected back in action next month, lock Cameron Lindsay (knee) and scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen (ankle) – both of whom are expected to make full recoveries in the next two months.

Makazole Mapimpi, who was a late withdrawal from the match against the Emirates Lions last weekend due to a thigh injury, has been given an all-clear and will be available for selection for the tour to Australia.

Jones setback for Stormers


DHL Stormers centre Huw Jones has torn his hamstring playing for Scotland in the Six Nations and will undergo surgery in London.

This means that Jones will not be able to train for four to five months as he joins fellow DHL Stormers midfielders Juan de Jongh and Damian de Allende on the sidelines.

De Jongh’s Grade Three medial collateral ligament tear is progressing well and he is expected to be back in action in six weeks, whilst De Allende has another six to eight weeks before he will be able to return from his Syndesmosis ankle injury.

Cheslin Kolbe (ankle sprain) and Jano Vermaak (calf strain) will both return to training next week and should be in contention to play against the Toyota Cheetahs at DHL Newlands on April 1.

Flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis is progressing well following a pelvic bone stress injury and should be available for selection in three to five weeks time.

Flank Steph de Wit is mobilising slowly after fracturing his ankle, with the bone healing well after surgery.

On the long-term injury list hooker Scarra Ntubeni is running at full pace in a controlled environment as he continues to make progress following his Achilles tendon rupture sustained last year, whilst wing Leolin Zas is mobilising well after surgery on his broken Tibia and Fibula.

Kings captain going for scan


Southern Kings captain, Schalk Ferreira, is the side’s only injury casualty from the weekend’s match against the Cell C Sharks in Durban.

In a hard-fought encounter at Growthpoint Kings Park on Saturday, where the Southern Kings suffered a narrow 17-19 defeat to the Cell C Sharks, the Eastern Cape side also lost the influential captain through a biceps injury.

Southern Kings doctor, Konrad von Hagen, confirmed that Ferreira would undergo scans late on Monday to assess the full extent of the injury.

The team was pleased not to have sustained any other injuries.

Centre Luzuko Vulindlu, who sustained a concussion against the DHL Stormers at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Round 3 of the Vodacom Super Rugby, has made good progress and is undergoing the return to play protocol.

Dr Von Hagen is also pleased with the progress being made by the players who are on the long-term injury list.

Flanker CJ Velleman (knee) is on track to making a return to action in April.

Lock Cameron Lindsay (knee) and scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen (ankle) are also making good progress with their recovery.

Injury Report….


After week 3 of this years Voadacom Super Rugby competition we have a few players back from injury but also added a few to the list of injured players.

Vodacom Bulls

The Vodacom Bulls are pleased to announce the return of Duncan Matthews, Jason Jenkins, Jannes Kirsten, Arno Botha, Adriaan Strauss, Lood de Jager and Jade Stighling to full training. They will all be available for selection this week.

Jacques Potgieter has not recovered from his concussion and will sit out this week’s match against the Sunwolves. He is expected to be fit for the tour to New Zealand and Japan.

On the long term injury list, Roelof Smit, Shaun Adendorff and Ulrich Beyers will only be back mid to end April. Conraad van Vuuren is expected to be fit in two weeks.

Luther Obi suffered a concussion in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge warm-up match against the Sharks XV last weekend. He will be assessed after a week on the sidelines.

Cell C Sharks

The physical nature of the Vodacom Super Rugby clash between the Cell C Sharks and Waratahs at Growthpoint KINGS PARK resulted in unfortunate injuries on Saturday night.

Team Doctor Alan Kourie on Monday afternoon advised of the injuries to two players who left the field.

Captain Pat Lambie suffered a back injury in a tackle and suffered a fractured vertebrae in his lower back.  Said Dr Kourie: “It is difficult to say exactly how long the approximate length of recovery will be in Pat’s case, as he undergoes further scans today, but his return is estimated at six to eight weeks.

Head coach Robert du Preez stated on Saturday night that there were always going to be personnel changes during the tournament, as per the directive from SA Rugby to rest Springboks in a plan to manage game time.

With the Easter weekend bye coming up next month, Pat looks likely to return for the late run of South African derbies at a critical juncture in our schedule.

Philip van der Walt suffered an undisplaced fractured cheekbone in a clash of heads and he will not be available this weekend. He will be reassessed next week to determine his availability.

Hooker Franco Marais and fullback Clement Poitrenaud will undergo further tests to determine their availability for this match.

There has been weekly improvement of the last three matches, and with a strong emphasis on maintaining that steady progress, we will be looking to deliver a powerful, determined and accurate performance come 7.30pm on Saturday evening

Southern Kings

The Southern Kings had only one injury casualty from their Vodacom Super Rugby match against the DHL Stormers on Saturday.

The Southern Kings will be travelling to Durban this week where they will face the Sharks. The team is fortunate not to have any serious injuries ahead of the game.

Centre Luzuko Vulindlu, who sustained a concussion against the DHL Stormers, is the only casualty from last weekend’s match.

The 29-year-old will go through the normal concussion protocol which requires a compulsory one week’s rest. Vulindlu will therefore be unavailable for selection and will miss the clash with his former side in Durban.

The Southern Kings are happy to have lock Mzwanele Zito and scrumhalf Louis Schreuder back at training this week. The pair sustained concussions against the Sunwolves in Singapore and will likely be available for selection this week should they get through their return to play protocol.

Locks Wandile Putuma and Sintu Manjezi, who have been recovering from knee niggles, have also fully recovered and are back at full training this week.

On the long-term injury list, flanker CJ Velleman continues to make good progress with his knee rehabilitation and is expected back at training in April.

Lock Cameron Lindsay is doing well with his rehabilitation of his injured left knee which has ruled him out for 12 weeks.

Team doctor Konrad von Hagen is pleased with the progress being made by scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen. The scrumhalf sustained an ankle injury in the match against the Sunwolves and required surgery in Pretoria last week.

Van Rooyen will be out of action for up to 12 weeks.


Stormers loose Kriel, Du Plessis and Kolbe for Kings clash


The DHL Stormers will have to take on the Southern Kings this weekend without a few of their backs which will make way for yet another shuffel in the back line.

Kolbe, Jean-Luc Du Plessis and Dan Kriel will not be playing this weekend after last week win over the Jaguares at Newlands.

Kolbe sustain a lateral ankle ligament injury with Kriel and Du Plessis being rested as precautionary measurement.

Both Kriel and Du Plessis sustain minor groin strains.

The Kings will host the Stormers in PE at 15:00 on Saturday and will be broadcast live on Super Sport.


Injury report…..


We are only in round 3 of this years Super Rugby competition and some teams have already suffered some serious injury concerns.

The Southern Kings will be without scrumhalf Louis Schreuder and lock Mzwanele Zito when they take on the DHL Stormers in a Vodacom Cup encounter at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, March 11.

The duo sustained concussions in the Southern Kings’ 37-23 victory against the Sunwolves at the Singapore National Stadium last weekend.

Schreuder and Zito will therefore be unavailable for the upcoming weekend’s match as they are being given rest for their return to play recovery.

Furthermore, backup scrumhalf Rudi “Poerie” van Rooyen remained in Gauteng on the team’s return from Singapore on Monday.

Van Rooyen sustained a suspected dislocation of the ankle after replacing Schreuder on Saturday.

The scrumhalf will be seeing a specialist in Pretoria for a full assessment and diagnosis.

“Van Rooyen’s injury initially seemed a lot worse. He seems to have dislocated and then relocated his ankle. He is doing better than initially suspected. We will only know the full extent of the injury after he sees a specialist in Pretoria,” team doctor Konrad von Hagen said.

The Kings arrived safely in Port Elizabeth from Singapore on Monday afternoon.


The Vodacom Bulls have two new players on the injury list after their Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Toyota Cheetahs last Saturday. Jacques Potgieter suffered a concussion in the first half and will be out for a week, while Shuan Adendorff fractured his thumb during practice last week and will be on the sidelines for 6 weeks.

On the long term injury list, Roelof Smit, Ulrich Beyers, Ulrich van Vuuren and Duncan Matthews are all making steady progress and will be available for selection soon.

The Vodacom Bulls welcome back Arno Botha, Jannes Kirsten and Jan Serfontein to full training with all three players available for selection for next week’s home match against the Sunwolves.

Johan Ackermann has confirmed that Rohan Janse van Rensburg will not be included in the Lions squad travelling to Argentina to face the Jaguares this Saturday.

Van Rensburg’s mother passed away last week, but the Bok centre opted to play against the Waratahs, scoring a brace of tries, and dedicated his performance to her.

Ackermann said that Janse van Rensburg had suffered an injury niggle against the Waratahs, but would also be afforded time now to be with his family.

The Cheetahs are sweating over the fitness of three key forwards following Saturday’s win over the Bulls.

Lock Reniel Hugo appears to have suffered a serious knee injury, while Ox Nche and Uzair Cassiem are also feared to have sustained ligament damage that could sideline them for a few weeks.

The Cheetahs will host the Sunwolves in Bloemfontein this Saturday.



Lions suffers huge blow with Mnisi out for 9 months


The Emirates Lions have been given a huge blow with the news that star centre Howard Mnisi will be out for 9 month due to multiple ligament injuries he suffered in the opening round of Super Rugby against the Toyota Cheetahs.

He suffered severe injury to his ACL,LCL and PCL ligement. He will have to go for surgery and is expected to take 9 month with his rehab program.


Kings Herbst out for Singapore clash


The Southern Kings will travel to Singapore without lock Irne Herbst, after the 23-year-old sustained a concussion during the weekend’s match against the Jaguares at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Herbst is therefore unavailable for selection for the Southern Kings’ travelling squad that will take on the Sunwolves in Singapore this week as he will be out for a week.

The Southern Kings were dealt another blow last week when another lock, Cameron Lindsay, sustained a Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) tear at training. The 25-year-old has been ruled out of action for 12 weeks.

The side was pleased with the return of prop Dayan van der Westhuizen and winger Wandile Mjekevu to full training on Monday after both players recovered from foot injuries.

Flanker CJ Velleman continues to make good progress with the rehabilitation on his injured knee. The flanker is on track for a return to action in April.

De Allende out for 12 weeks


DHL Stormers centre Damian de Allende has been ruled out of action for approximately 12 weeks with an ankle injury.

De Allende sustained the syndesmosis injury in the second half of the DHL Stormers 37-24 victory against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

The midfielder joins the likes of Scarra Ntubeni (achilles), Leolin Zas (leg) and Juan de Jongh (knee) on the DHL Stormers injury list.

Venter to go under knife


Cheetahs and Springbok centre Francois Venter will undergo an ankle operation in Johannesburg on Friday, reports Sport24

Venter injured his ankle in this year’s Currie Cup and the injury flared up again on the Springboks’ year-end European tour.

A spokesperson for the Cheetahs said Venter is expected to be out of action for at least three months, which means he’ll miss the Bloemfontein franchise’s first couple of Super Rugby games.

The 25-year-old made his Test debut against England at Twickenham last month, and also played in the internationals against Italy and Wales.

The Cheetahs start their Super Rugby campaign at home to the Lions on February 25, 2017.

They will also play two warm-up matches – against the Stormers in Harare (January 28) and Sharks in Durban (February 3).

Etzebeth will not be ready for Wales test


It all looks now that Springbok Eben Etzebeth will not be ready to face Wales this Saturday in the final test of the year for South Africa.


Etzebeth suffered concussion in the test against England and has not recover quick enough. He already missed the humilating lost last weekend against Italy and it looks that his year has finished.


“It is highly unlikely he would be ready for this weekend‚” Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said on Monday.

 “Eben didn’t pass his protocols on Sunday‚ that makes it unlikely. If he passed the five-day return-to-play protocol (on Monday) he would only be ready to take contact on Saturday‚ so that makes it highly unlikely.”

Coetzee also confirmed that there were no other major injury concerns and the rest of the squad was fit and available for selection.

The Boks didn’t have any training on Monday with heavy rain in Cardiff.

“We want to ensure the players have time to put the disappointment of the Italy result behind them. I want there to be enthusiasm on Saturday and for us to put in a good performance,” Coetzee explained.

The under-fire Bok coach also confirmed he will be looking to give other players a chance against Wales.

“My philosophy for the game against Italy was to keep continuity after our Test against England and win. We didn’t, so I have to give other players an opportunity.

“There is a plan for the way forward and we have to see if the younger players can cope at this level. There are players who have worked hard and deserve a chance.”

Redelinghuys to undergo neck surgery – updated


Lions and Springbok prop , Julian Redelinghuys is to go in for surgery this morning in a hospital in Bloemfontein, after a horror injury in the 44th minute of the semi final against the Cheetahs.


Lions team doctor Rob Collins confirmed that Redelinghuys sustained a “dislocation” of his neck at the C5/6 level during the game.


He is expected to make a full recovery but it is unclear if he will return to the playing field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the big man and his family and friends. Good luck with the operation and may you make a full recovery.


“Julian’s operation went well on Sunday morning. He had a fusion at C5/6 level. If all goes well, he should be able to return home later this week,” said dr Rob Collins, team doctor of the Xerox Golden Lions.

Redelinghuys sustained a dislocation of his neck at C5/6 level during the Currie Cup semi-final against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday when he collided with Torsten van Jaarsveld of the Cheetahs in the 44th minute. He was replaced by Ruan Dreyer.

He had minimal temporary weakness of his left arm. He was in traction at a Bloemfontein hospital and underwent surgery on Sunday morning to reduce the dislocation and stabilise it. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Vodacom Bulls fitness report


The Vodacom Blue Bulls have released the following fitness reports before their semi final against Western Province. Flanker Steenkamp will miss the game due to a groin injury and Rudy Paige and Piet van Zyl are both struggling with concussion.

Doctor’s Report


The Springboks squad underwent their customary medical assessment on Sunday morning in Pretoria following their Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test victory over the Wallabies on Saturday evening.


The Springboks defeated the Wallabies 18-10 after leading 12-10 in their penultimate campaign fixture.

Four players who left the field early as a result of injury during the match were amongst the group of Springboks who underwent their medicals at the team’s hotel in Pretoria.

Wing Bryan Habana received a knock on the thigh and he will have another assessment on Monday in Durban. Centre Jesse Kriel left the field with a groin niggle and he, too, will be assessed again in the coming week.

Meanwhile lock Pieter- Steph du Toit is recovering well from a hard knock to the hip.

Scrumhalf Rudy Paige left the field with a concussion and the No 9 will have to complete the prescribed graduate return to play protocol.

Regarding the other Springbok squad members, team doctor Jerome Mampane said: “There are the obvious bumps and bruises after a typical hard Test match, but there will be continuous medical check-ups during the week.”

The Springboks travelled to Durban from Johannesburg on Sunday morning and they will start their preparations for the All Blacks encounter with a gym session on Monday morning.