The Southern Kings arrived back in Johannesburg on Monday morning, 11 September after a two-week tour of Wales and Ireland to get their debut domestic season in the Guinness Pro14 competition underway.
“Both props Ettienne Swanepoel and Rossouw De Klerk will unfortunately not be available for the next match against Leinster on Saturday, 16 September since they failed their mandatory head impact assessments (HIA’s). Both suffered blows to the head and in Ettienne’s case he was knocked unconscious for a while. We are very pleased to confirm though that he has not suffered any damage to his neck as was initially feared,” said Dr Plaatjie.
Amongst other bumps and bruises that he and his medical team had to attend to Dr Plaatjie was also called upon to stitch a gash alongside the eye of prop forward Schalk Ferreira and a cut to the back of hooker Michael Willemse’s head. Both are expected to recover in time for the visit of Leinster this weekend.
The match takes place at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, 16 September and kick off is at 14h15.