Coach Lodewyk helps Blue Bulls
EXCLUSIVE: While the Blue Bulls have been trying to keep themselves in the Currie Cup running, you have missed a Springbok-turned-consultant in their coaching department.
Springbok lock Lodewyk de Jager has been assisting his Union with their line-out setpiece while he recovers from a lengthy injury setback. De Jager tore his pectoral muscle, which rendered him out of action for the 2018 season, but that has not stopped him from remaining active in the game.
De Jager revealed to Late Tackle the extent of his injury, his rehab progression and some interesting information about the Springboks.
“I tore the pectoral muscle out of the bone where it attaches to the tendon. It takes 6 months for it to heal completely and I’m still about 2 and 3 months [out of the game]. The injury is a bit of a blessing in disguise. It gives me the chance to get over some other niggles that you barely get time to get over,” De Jager told Late Tackle.
The 25-year-old that he understands why Rassie Erasmus and the Springbok setup have not been in contact with him, he is fully focused on helping the Bulls’ cause and sharing his knowledge any way that he can.
“I’m actually doing the lineouts for the Bulls in the Currie Cup, consulting and just helping a bit there.
“Before I got injured, there was quite a lot of communication from the Boks. But the injury is quite serious, it’s a long layoff and I can completely understand why there has been no contact from them [Springboks].
“I can’t play this year but for me, next year is a big year, it’s World Cup. For me, it’s about getting my body ready for Super Rugby and contribute to the Bulls’ campaign as much as I can and get selected for the WC squad,” he stated.
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