Dlulane, Steenkamp will be back in ’07

Bulls and Springbok players Tim Dlulane and Gurthro Steenkamp are both firmly on the road to recovery after suffering injuries that placed their rugby careers in jeopardy.

The Pretoria News reported on Thursday that Dlulane has made a scintillating recovery after suffering a horrific neck injury in this year’s Currie Cup. He is currently in specialised training at the South African Sports Science Institute in Cape Town.

Dlulane has been in fantastic form this year, and would have been a certainty for the Springboks end-of-year tour.

It is likely that he will be back in action for the Bulls at the beginning of the Super 14.

Gurthro Steenkamp, the report said, received news on Wednesday that his wrist injury is now healed. He first suffered a broken bone in his wrist over a year ago, but an initial operation failed to re-attach the bone. He has had to undergo a second operation.

“But the news has been good. The bone seems to have re-attached itself properly and I have begun with light training,” Steenkamp told the Pretoria News.

The loosehead prop has not yet played for the Bulls, who acquired his services from Free State last year, and the Bulls would find his aggressive front-ranking play most welcome as they aim to go one up from previous efforts and reach the Super 14 final next year.

Both Dlulane and Steenkamp have been selected for the Boks under Jake White’s reign and their fitness next year would ensure they are in contention to see some World Cup action.

Meanwhile, former Lions hooker James van der Walt has joined Bulls training after Kobus van der Walt retired and Adriaan Strauss transferred to the Cheetahs.


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