The first major South African setback with a view to the World Cup has struck with the news that the Bulls captain Lood de Jager who missed the June tests and the Rugby Championship last year, will be sidelined for the year.
That means that South Africa’s wonderful depth at lock has been depleted, and that the Bulls, who have looked a very good side this year, will be without a captain.
De Jager, 26, injured his shoulder against the Jaguares in round two and was not considered for the clash with the Lions last weekend.
It was initially thought that he would be able to return to the field after a few week son the sidelines, but according to Netwerk24 he has to undergo surgery.
That will keep him from the rugby field for the entire Super Rugby season and the World Cup.
As one of the leaders in the Springbok camp in addition to his outstanding form since last year’s injury, De Jager will be sorely missed by Bok coach Rassie Erasmus.
His input at the Bulls during his injury also convinced Bulls coach Pote Human to appoint him as captain. Human will now most probably look to Handré Pollard as his captain for the season.
The Springbok flyhalf was appointed as captain for the two games that De Jager was expected to be sidelined and is in the form of his life.