January deadline for Spies


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The Vodacom Bulls’ loose forward Pierre Spies who missed out on the world cup will go to Johannesburg at the end of the month for a series of blood tests that will determine if he can start playing again.


Spies was named in Jake White’s squad for the World cup but was forced to withdraw from the World Cup squad after blood clots were found in his lungs.


Bulls team doctor Tommie Smook as well as Spies himself are very optimistic about his health and judged by his physical condition he is in the form of his life.


Spies plays as a loose forward and has incredible pace and was once said to be timed at 10.7 seconds over 100m.

Smook said on the Bulls website that Spies’ Springbok teammates Gurthr’ Steenkamp (forearm), Bakkies Botha (ankle) and Akona Ndungane (shin) are all making steady progress with their rehabilitation and they are in a race against time to be fit for the first Super 14 game when the Bulls take on the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday 16 February.

There is a good change that Heini Adams as well as the new lock Wouter Moore will be able to play in one of the warm-up matches, but Danie Rossouw will not take any contact before the end of the month.

Adams as well as Moore are recovering from knee injuries and Rossouw is recuperating from a neck injury.

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The young lock Hendrik Roodt injured his lower back and Jaco Engels as well as Pedrie Wannenburg picked up a niggles in their hamstrings but it doesn’t seem to be too serious.







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