Keo.co.za brings you news from the Currie Cup.
Elstadt crocked – Rynhardt Elstadt has sustained a serious knee injury that will rule him out of action for three months.
The news is a blow to Western Province ahead of their Currie Cup campaign, as they’ve already lost Andries Bekker to the Springboks and Anton van Zyl has signed with French club Stade Francais. Coach Allister Coetzee will be forced to back a new combination for the opening game against Griquas on Saturday.
Flyhalf Peter Grant has returned to Japan for another season and WP are fortunate that Gary van Aswegen may be ready to return from injury. Lionel Cronje will be unavailable until September.
WP will also announce their new captain this week. Dewaldt Duvenage is a strong candidate having served as vice-captain under Van Zyl in 2010.
Bulls to pick new skipper – The Blue Bulls will confirm their captain for the upcoming Currie Cup on Monday.
Gary Botha, Derick Kuün, Juandré Kruger and Dewald Potgieter are the candidates to lead the Pretoria side. The Bulls are also looking for somebody to captain the team in 2012 Super Rugby tournament, as regular captain Victor Matfield will have retired.
The Bulls will play the Sharks this Saturday in Durban.
Super Rugby hurts Currie Cup – Saru CEO Jurie Roux has admitted that the new Super Rugby format will have a negative impact on the Currie Cup.
‘The length of the Super Rugby competition has affected our local competitions and that is something we have to address,’ Roux told City Press. ‘But it’s unlikely two-versus-one [South Africa and New Zealand against Australia] will work; at Sanzar level we need consensus.’
However, Australia is highly unlikely to want to tamper with a format that is heavily weighted in its favour, both in terms of the conference system and in giving them the prestigious domestic tournament they have never had.