Lions lose captain Joubert




The Lions look set to lose their captain Ernst Joubert for part of their Australasian tour after it was revealed that he has a shoulder injury.

A scan on tuesday showed a slight tear under his left shoulder but it was not immediately clear how long he would be sidelined

Lions coach Eugene Eloff said that it was highly unlikely that Joubert would be able to go on tour with the squad.

Joubert picked up the injury when one of the Reds players fell on top of him at Ellis Park last weekend when the teams drew 24 all.

The Lions fly out for Australasia on Friday and Joubert has already come to terms with the fact that he will miss at least the first part of the tour.

“I’ll be seeing a specialist on Wednesday and should then have an indication of how long I’ll be out.

“It’s hard to say but at this stage things don’t look good,” Joubert told Super rugby.

Injuries never come at a good time but this will hurt the Lions as Ernst has been part of a strong loose-forward combination with Cobus Grobbelaar and Joe van Niekerk.

Eloff said the selectors would make a decision on Wednesday but “at this stage it does not look as if Ernst will go on tour”.

Eloff is not down and out but admits Joubert’s absence is a major blow.

“To lose your captain before a tour, is always tough. It is a huge setback. But that’s why one coaches; to have cover when things go wrong,” he said.   


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