VIDEO: Bulls' Bok lock available for WP clash
INJURY UPDATE: The Bulls received some mixed news on the injury front ahead of their 2019 Currie Cup opener against Western Province in Cape Town on Saturday.
Springbok lock Lodewyk de Jager could feature in Saturday’s match. The 26-year-old has been out of action since March due to injury.
“He [De Jager] recovered fully from his shoulder injury and it looks like there is a chance he will get some game time before the Springboks will need him,” said Bulls team doctor Herman Rossouw.
De Jager’s inclusion in the Bulls squad comes at the request of Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus, who wants the lock to get some game time ahead of the start of this year’s Rugby Championship.
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The Bulls will also have flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff available after he fully recovered from his knee injury.
The bad news for the Bulls is that loose forward Nick de Jager has been ruled out of the tournament after he tore his achilles tendon in a warm-up match against the Pumas last weekend.
The Bulls will also be without Paul Schoeman who has been ruled out of the Currie Cup season with a knee injury he sustained during Super Rugby.
Scrumhalf Marco Jansen van Vuren is starting to get to the end of his rehab and he will be available in two to four weeks’ time.
*Meanwhile, Andries Ferreira’s move to the Bulls has been confirmed.
The former Lions lock moved to New Zealand to play for the Hurricanes in March, but he failed to make an appearance for the Wellington outfit and returned to South Africa after a recurrence of a knee injury.
Ferreira has been training fully with the Bulls and a decision on his availability for Saturday’s match will be made later this week.