Van der Spuy delighted to resume rugby career
09:21 Fri, 17 Mar 2017
Van der Spuy delighted to resume rugby career | News Article
Michael van der Spuy - Johan Pretorius / Gallo
The Toyota Cheetahs centre Michael van der Spuy is delighted just to be playing again after his short career was in jeopardy.

There was doubt of the player’s future after he sustained a concussion in a preseason warm-up game against the Stormers in Harare.

Initially it was thought that the 26-year-old Van der Spuy would be forced to hang up his boots prematurely.

The former Stormers centre recently received some good news and got the greenlight to resume his career.

Van der Spuy made his return to the field last week for the Free State XV in a friendly match against his former team the Griquas and he will be running out against the Jaguares tomorrow evening in the Super Rugby.

Speaking to OFM Sport from Argentina Van der Spuy said he is delighted to be playing again.

“There was quite a bit of doubt over my career so I’m obviously delighted to have received the good news that I can carry on playing and also glad to get a chance in the team so soon after my injury.

“So I’m glad to be back now and can train and be part of the team”.

The player added that there is a buzz in the squad and they look forward to facing a team of international quality tomorrow.

“Everyone is excited before the game, it’s nice to go on tour a bit and spend some time with the guys.

“It’s probably going to be a very tough game against what you can call an international team, so everyone is excited.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge and we’re looking forward to causing an upset this weekend.”

Saturday evening's match between the Jaguares and the Cheetahs at the Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires kicks off at 21:40.

Toyota Cheetahs - 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Ruan van Rensburg, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Henco Venter, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Elandré Huggett, 1 Danie Mienie.

Replacements - 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Aranos Coetzee, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Tier Schoeman, 21 William Small-Smith / Boom Prinsloo, 22 Shaun Venter, 23 Fred Zeilinga.

Morgan Piek/OFM Sport 

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