Another Pretorius blow for Lions




The Lions start their 2008 Super 14 challenge on the training field on Sunday – and Springbok World Cup flyhalf Andre Pretorius won’t be training flat-out, if at all.

The injury-ridden Pretorius damaged a ligament in his foot in the last match of the Springboks’ tour to Wales and England against the British Barbarians, which was won 22-5 by the invitation side.

Pretorius in the nick of time passed a fitness test after a hamstring/buttock injury to be included for the World Cup tournament after missing the major portion of the 2007 Super 14 season due to a series of injuries.


He was appointed Lions Super 14 captain before the tournament started, but due to his infrequent appearances the responsibility was passed over to flanker Ernest Joubert, who also led the Xerox Lions in the Currie Cup competition where they were the losing finalists.


It seems that Pretorius, who turned 29 last Saturday, could miss the Lions’ first Super 14 outing of the season – an away match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on February 16.


Coach Eugene Eloff would however not comment on the seriousness of Pretorius’ injury, and says he will only get clarity on injuries once the squad assembles on Sunday.



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