Bismarck eyes April return

Injured Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis expects to be back in action for the Sharks in three months’ time.

Du Plessis, who tore knee ligaments against Argentina at Newlands last August, told Rapport on Sunday that while the Sharks don’t want to set a date for his return, they are looking at mid- to late-April.

‘On an emotional level it is difficult to be burdened with this kind of injury,’ he added. ‘But I could see my parents often, which was a blessing as my father is sick.

‘The worst was having to stay inside the house while I was on my farm for five weeks. I couldn’t be myself and get my hands dirty and breathe in the fresh air.’