Venter fights greatest battle yet

Former Springbok flank Andre Venter’s condition has not improved since he was admitted to hospital for a viral infection that could leave him partially paralysed for life.

Reports in Sunday newspapers that Venter may suffer partial paralysis are true, and doctors are keeping a close watch on the 35-year-old.

His doctor was unavailable for comment on Tuesday.

Venter who is currently tied fourth on the all-time list of most Test match appearances for South Africa was regarded as one of fittest and most dedicated men to wear the green and gold.

His business partner, former Free State and Springbok wing Chris Badenhorst said Venter was admitted last Friday. “I’m sure he will walk away from this. He has encounterd many obstacles in his life and he has triumphed. He is a strong and fit man and I’m sure he will beat this,” Badenhorst told

Venter made his Bok debut against New Zealand in Durban in 1996 and said farewell 66 Tests later as a reserve against the USA in 2001 after just turning 31. He was part of Nick Mallett’s Tri-Nations winning squad in 1998.