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Friday, December 2, 2016

Strauss has back surgery

Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss looks set to miss the start of the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby competition after he underwent a back operation on Thursday in Pretoria.

Strauss has been playing with the back injury for the past few months and has been suffering from the pain throughout the European tour when he led the Springboks for the last time before retiring from international rugby.

Upon his return he saw a specialist and it was decided to have the operation immediately in order to help him recover in time to play a meaningful part in the Vodacom Bulls’ Super Rugby campaign next season.

The Bok captain underwent the operation and will be in the High Care unit at a top Pretoria hospital for another day before he is allowed to be moved back to a general ward.
It is uncertain when he will be released to go home, but in all likelihood he will have to be off his feet for at least a week after the operation.

According to the Bulls doctor Herman Rossouw, Strauss has been struggling with the disc problem in his back for some time now, and it is hoped that if all goes well with the operation and recovery that he will be back in action at the end of February or at the beginning of March.

“It is a problem that has been plaguing him for a long time now,” Dr Rossouw told Supersport.com, “The specialist was still to decide the extent of the operation but we are looking to have him back as soon as possible. We will only know though, when the operation is finished.”

Strauss will be flying down to Cape Town for the next coach’s indaba and to address SA Rugby on the current crisis engulfing the national team, whose horror year included just four wins out of 12 tests as they sunk to sixth place on the World Rankings.

The Bok captain has been asked to give an input from the players’ side as to how the problems currently in SA Rugby can be rectified, but is likely to address SA Rugby in a back brace when he does head to Cape Town.
Strauss has committed himself to playing for the Bulls in Super Rugby and has reiterated his decision to retire from all test rugby at the end of this season.

The news comes just hours after the Golden Lions confirmed that Springbok winger Ruan Combrinck underwent a shoulder operation that will keep him out of action for four months.

According to a statement from the Lions, Combrinck will miss the first handful of games while he recovers from the surgery, which took place at Rosebank Clinic on Wednesday.
“Emirates Lions player Ruan Combrinck underwent an operation on his right shoulder on Wednesday. He sustained a fracture in his shoulder joint in the Springbok match against Wales. He will be out of action for approximately 4 months.”

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