Bulls prop Gurthro Steenkamp has been ruled out of the Super 14 and probably the rest of the 2006 season.
According to the Pretoria News, Steenkamp had a scan on his injured wrist in Cape Town on Thursday, which revealed that a fractured bone had not knitted and that he may need a second operation.
“The news wasn’t good,” Bulls doctor Tommy Smook said. “The bone doesn’t seem to have reattached and the specialist is now consulting with other specialists to see if there is any other solution. But it may be as bad as Gurthro missing the rest of the year through this injury.”
Steenkamp was shocked by the news.
“It was definitely not the news I wanted, but what can you do?” he said. “It’s really disappointing. I really thought this would be the year I would play for the Bulls, but it doesn’t look like I will make the Super 14 now.”
Since joining the Bulls from the Cheetahs, Steenkamp has played just two Vodacom Cup matches and made one Super 12 appearance as a substitute.
Steenkamp will now have to wait until the 2007 Super 14 for another chance to impress Bok coach Jake White.