Spies sweats until Monday

SA Rugby bosses will make a decision on Pierre Spies’s World Cup participation on Monday.

Spies underwent a further assessment at the Vincent Palotti hospital in Pinelands, Cape Town on Friday. The results of this assessment will be compared with the original prognosis of the Bok medical team and that of the independent specialists Spies consulted following his withdrawal from the World Cup squad.

Spies was found to have blood clotting in his lungs and the team medical recommendation was that he not play for six to eight months. An independent view was that he could play in the World Cup.

SA Rugby Pty Ltd National Teams general manager Andy Marinos told Keo.co.za that no decision would be made until Monday.

“We have to give the final 30 names to the IRB by Tuesday, 14th August. That is the deadline for every World Cup squad. Pierre’s situation will be finalised on Monday. Our medical team is gathering all information and consulting with various experts. Once all the factors have been considered a decision will be made. At this stage Pierre is out of the World Cup, as per the medical team’s initial decision,” said Marinos. “I am expecting a detailed report on Monday. I want to stress again that any decision, be it that the situation remains unchanged or that Pierre returns to the squad, will be made with the player’s health as the main consideration. We will not risk Pierre’s health.”

The Bok match 22 to play Namibia in Cape Town on Wednesday will be named on Monday.