Bulls’ Ndungane ruled out for Crusaders

Bulls team doctor Tommie Smook said on Monday afternoon that the Springbok wing Akona Ndungane would not be able to play against the Crusaders at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night.

Ndungane is recovering from a stress fracture in his shin and will most likely be ready for the game against the Sharks in week three.

His Springbok teammate Bryan Habana is currently in St Petersburg, Russia where he is attending the prestigious Laureus Awards with the Springboks, therefore Smook could not assess his injury over the weekend.

The Springboks were nominated for the 2007 Team Award after winning World Cup tournament in France.

In the motivation for their nomination, the South Africans are also praised for the impact some of their individual stars made in France.

Among them are Percy Montgomery, who scored the most points in the tournament, Bryan Habana, who scored most tries, and Frans Steyn, who was named as the best new talent at the tournament.

Other teams nominated for the award are Champions League winners AC Milan, Cricket World Cup champions, Australia, the Ferrari Formula One team, the German team that won the women’s Soccer World Cup, and Iraq’s soccer team, the Asian champions.

Smook said he will meet up with Habana on his return from Russia in order to treat his shoulder injury and he still believes the exceptional winger will be out for two to four weeks.

Bakkies Botha, who is also in Russia, will not be considered for the match against the Crusaders due to his ankle injury but he will in all likelihood be fit for the contest against the Sharks.

The hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle will be able to play for 40-60 minutes but it is not clear at this stage whether he will play Super 14 or Vodacom rugby on Friday.




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