Super 15 : Bulls hit by injuries ahead of Super 15
Blue Bulls have being hit with injuries ahead of the Super 15 kickoff
Bulls flyhalf Handré Pollard has been ruled out of rugby for at least nine months after rupturing knee ligaments in training. Pollard went into surgery last Wednesday.
Pollard’s injury came on the first day of his return to rugby and according to head coach Nollis Marais, was a freak accident.
“Handré was easing back into training, his first phase of final rehab before being cleared to play and was busy with a passing drill when he injured himself,” he said.
“This is pretty devastating for all of us, as Handré was a key player for us. We are fortunate to have two very capable flyhalves still in our squad in Tian Schoeman and Francois Brummer. They now get the opportunity to showcase their skills and I am confident that we can still achieve our goals for the season.”
Marais also confirmed that Lappies Labuschagne injured his ankle on last week Wednesday and will be in a race to be fit for the opening Super Rugby clash against the Stormers on 27 February.
“As things stand, he will not be able to train for at least two weeks,” Marais said.
“We hope to have him back on the field for the opening match, but will be guided by our medical staff in that regard.
Bulls loose forward Lappies Labuschagne has been ruled out of Super Rugby action for eight weeks due to an ankle injury.
Labuschagne and Bulls team doctor, Dr Herman Rossouw met with specialists where it was confirmed that the stalwart flanker has to undergo surgery.
“After weighing up all the facts and opinions of various specialists, we came to this decision that Lappies will be operated on Monday,” Dr Rossouw said.
He also confirmed that prop Lizo Gqoboka had to be withdrawn from the Bulls team to play the Lions this weekend due to a groin injury and that he will not be traveling with the team to Polokwane.
“Lizo had some discomfort and we decided that it will be best to withdraw him from the weekend’s match.”
“He will be fit for selection when the Super Rugby kicks off later this month, Dr Rossouw confirmed.