Pretorius still confident

Flyhalf Andre Pretorius was never consulted by anyone in the Springbok management about the progress of his injury.

“No one spoke to me so it was quite a shock when I was included in the Tri-Nations touring squad,” Pretorius told keo.co.za.

Now though Pretorius has been pulled from the squad and replaced by Free State’s Meyer Bosman. It is probably the wise thing to do as Pretorius is becoming increasingly important to the Boks chances at next year’s Rugby World Cup in France.

Further aggravating the injury when he is not ready would be ludicrous in the extreme. Bosman will now act as back-up to Jaco van der Westhuyzen who gets another three Tests to find some form.

The Boks play the Wallabies in Brisbane on July 15 and the All Blacks in Wellington the following weekend. They then fly back across the Tasman for the second Test against Australia in Sydney two weeks later.

Pretorius feels he may still be able to play a part in the Sydney match. “I should probably play a club game to see how the groin holds up,” Pretorius said. “We will see on Monday what we should do.”

The mercurial Lions No 10 is confident he will be able to play in “two or three weeks’ time”.

“I don’t want to rush is at all. Time is on my side. I’m feeling good though and I’ve been in the gym training hard for the last few weeks. I started cardio on Monday.”

Pretorius always seems to do things to the maximum and unlike most groin injuries, which are one tear, he has suffered two on his left groin. “The rehab has gone very well, but it will not hurt to rest some more.”

By Andrew Hollely