Meyer Bosman’s Springbok roller coaster ride continued on Friday when he replaced Andre Pretorius in the Vodacom Tri-Nations squad.
Pretorius, who does not even have a Springbok contract, only resumed jogging this week and has not kicked a ball since his operation. According to Beeld newspaper, no one bothered to find out if he was fit to be selected for the Bok squad.
Bosman played two Tests on the 2005 end-of-year tour and was supposed to play No 10 for the Baby Boks at the U21 World Championships when he was not required again by Jake White.
However, Bosman was left out of the U21 squad and sent back to play for the Cheetahs. Now, with Pretorius having been ruled out, he is back.
Because Pretorius isnâ€™t contracted by Saru, the Lions will handle his rehabilitation. He wonâ€™t even be able to do a fitness test next week.
â€œAndrÃ© wonâ€™t be fit for the Springbok tour,â€ Lions CEO Turner told Beeld’s Hennie Brandt. â€œHe will not undergo a fitness test next week and wonâ€™t leave with the Springboks. He should be ready to start playing in three or four weeksâ€™ time. We aim to have him fit in time for South Africaâ€™s home fixtures in the Tri-Nations.”
Dr Gerhard Jordaan, the biokineticist who is responsible for the playerâ€™s recovery programme, said the next few weeks would be extremely important.
â€œHe has recovered well since the operation and has completed the physiotherapy programme. He has now embarked on a four-week recovery programme to gradually get him fit. When he resumes playing, it will be at a low (club rugby) level.”