Geo’s “lucky to be alive”

Former Springbok lock Geo Cronje – brother of Bulls loosie Jacques – has been injured after a tractor fell on him, but is doing fine according to his fiancee.

Cronje, who was involved in a major controversy with Stormers lock Quinton Davids in 2003 when both were part of Rudolf Straeuli’s Bok squad, was working on his tractor at his farm outside Mafikeng when it tipped over and fell on him.

The tractor had been jacked up and Cronje was underneath when it gave way, landing on the giant former Bulls forward late on Tuesday.

The big lock was rushed to a local hospital in Mafikeng before being transferred to a Pretoria hospital.

Cronje’s fiancee Carmen Fourie told the Pretoria News that “he is out of danger, which is good, but he did get hurt quite badly. We can only be thankful because the doctors say it could have been quite a lot worse. They say he is lucky to be alive.”

Cronje, brother of current Bulls and Springbok forward Jacques, has not played rugby since being embroiled in race row with former Western Province lock Quinton Davids during a pre-World Cup training camp in 2003.