Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Spies Ruled Out

The Pierre Spies has been ruled out of the World Cup in September. As you all know, and by you I mean the people who follow rugby and are aware of the Spies situation, the Blue Bulls back rower was given a glimmer of hope last week when a second specialist stated that he had been incorrectly diagnosed and that he in fact only had a case of flu. A third Opinion was sought and it was confirmed today that the initial diagnosis was correct. Spies was diagnosed with Pulmonary emboli, which in layman's terms is blood clotting on the lungs.

This must have been a crushing blow for the young man who would have taken up a starting birth in the green and gold for his first world cup cap. But it is better to err on the side of caution. He will be in his prime, barring injury trouble, for the next world cup, so this may well not be his last chance.

He has been replaced by the Sharks live wire front ranker Bismarck Du Plessis, which is not necessarily a bad thing, because Jake White was worried about the fact that he only had two hookers in the squad.

South Africa start their world cap campaign against Samoa in Paris on the 9th of September.

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