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Springbok World Cup discard Pierre Spies will have to wait a while longer before he will know if he will be allowed to resume his playing career.

The talented Springbok loose forward is hoping to make a comeback for the Blue Bulls against Griquas in an Absa Currie Cup match in Pretoria on Saturday.

Spies, who was dismissed from the Boks’ World Cup squad because of apparent “pulmonary embolisms” when he coughed up blood at a training camp in Durban recently, has been undergoing a fourth set of tests in the past week.

It was revealed on Monday that the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd, the commercial arm of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union (BBRU), received all the latest medical reports regarding Spies’ medical condition and progress.

“The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd made these reports available to SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd,” a brief statement from the Bulls said.

SA Rugby and the Blue Bulls Company will now discuss the issue “at a later date” and only then will they reveal their “findings”.

The meeting was first scheduled to take place on Tuesday, but in brief statement the two organisations said they decided to “postpone the meeting between them to a later date”, because the medical specialists that were involved in determining the medical condition of Spies were not immediately available.

Both SA Rugby and the Blue Bulls company declined to elaborate on the matter before it was discussed internally and a formal decision reached.

SA Rugby remains reluctant to allow Spies to return to the playing field this year, as it might reflect negatively on the Springbok team’s medical staff – who suggested that Spies be ruled out of rugby for six to eight months, after they axed him from the World Cup squad based on the findings of two specialists (one in Durban and another in Cape Town).

However, Spies and his family have contested the findings of the specialists – based on tests and scans done by their own specialist in Pretoria. The latter suggested that Spies may merely have had pneumonia and not pulmonary embolisms when he fell ill in Durban.

Spies then underwent numerous tests last week, under the watchful eye of Bulls team doctor Tommie Smook and other specialists in Pretoria.

The results of these tests – now in the hands of SA Rugby – are expected to determine if Spies will be given the green light to resume playing.

So far SA Rugby and the Blue Bulls company have formed a united front on the issue and stood by an earlier statement that the final decision on the matter will be “in the best interest of the player and organisation [SA Rugby]”.

By Jan de Koning

By Jan de Koning 365 Digital

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