Spies back to bolster Bulls

Pierre Spies returned to training with the Bulls after nearly six months out of the game.

The 22-year-old was withdrawn from the Springbok World Cup squad after blood clots were detected on his lungs. He hasn’t been allowed to take contact for fear that it could be life threatening.

While the Bulls were still managing him conservatively, he could partake in all the cardiovascular training at the the team’s pre-season camp in George.

“Pierre is in excellent condition and he is working hard with the fitness trainers but the doctors will decide when he is 100% fit to play again,” assistant coach Pote Human said.

Spies is expected to be ready for the start of the Super 14, but other casualties like Danie Rossouw and Gurthro Steenkamp are undergoing intensive rehabilitation in the hope that they can take up their spots in the run-on side in mid February.

The Bulls’ Springboks, Bryan Habana, Akona Ndungane, Wynand Olivier, Wayne Julies, Hilton Lobberts and Bakkies Botha who will only join the squad in the first week of January.

The Bulls are expected to confirm their head coach at the end of this week.