Strauss leads the rush of the BIG Bulls

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:26

INJURY UPDATE: Adriaan Strauss will be back to lead the Bulls when they take on the Sunwolves in a Super Rugby encounter in Pretoria on Friday.

It will be the former Springbok captain's first match since the Boks' year-end tour.

Strauss, who has since retired from international rugby, underwent surgery to his lower back late last year.

He is set to take over the captaincy from Handré Pollard at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

Also returning from injury are Duncan Matthews, Jason Jenkins, Jannes Kirsten, Arno Botha, Lodewyk de Jager and Jade Stighling to full training.

They will all be available for selection this week.

Jacques Potgieter has not recovered from the concussion he suffered against the Cheetahs in Round Two and will sit out this week's match against the Sunwolves.

He is expected to be fit for the tour to New Zealand and Japan.

Kirsten (shoulder surgery) and Botha (shoulder surgery) are also set to play their first games of the season.

On the long term injury list Roelof Smit, Shaun Adendorff and Ulrich Beyers will only be back in mid to end April.

Conraad van Vuuren is expected to be fit in two weeks.

Luther Obi suffered a concussion in the warm-up match for the new interprovincial challenge competition - when they played the Sharks XV last weekend.

He will be assessed after a week on the sidelines.

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 23 March 2018
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Kings v Treviso 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 15h15 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Jaguares v Lions 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 4 3 0 1 15
Waratahs 4 2 1 1 10
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
Sunwolves 4 0 0 4 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Highlanders 3 3 0 0 13
Hurricanes 3 2 0 1 10
Crusaders 4 2 0 2 10
Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Blues 4 1 0 3 6
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 5 4 0 1 19
Stormers 5 2 0 3 9
Sharks 4 1 1 4 9
Bulls 4 1 0 3 5
Jaguares 4 1 0 3 4