Mvovo injury not bad

2014-01-28 00:00

THE head injury suffered by Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo was not serious and he is expected to be fit to face the Bulls in the Super Rugby opener at King’s Park on February 15.

Mvovo took a thump to the head in attempting a tackle during Saturday’s friendly against Saracens in London and was stretchered from the field early in the second half. A Sharks spokesperson said Mvovo was slightly concussed and the 26-year-old tweeted that the injury is not as serious.

“Thank you so much for your good wishes. Bad knock to the head, nothing too serious,” he posted on Twitter.

The Sharks were beaten 23-15 in their outing of the new season, but new coach Jake White said he believed similar games would be played in the future. White told reporters that he would like to see closer provincial/club links between England and South Africa rather than having to make the long haul Down Under.

“There’s been a lot of talk about that and it has been mooted in meetings. Maybe the long-haul flights to Australia and New Zealand need to be looked at.

“We’re probably a bit selfish like that. We’re so close to the northern hemisphere, whereas Australia and New Zealand will be more inclined to keep Super Rugby going. I’ve no doubt that even if it doesn’t become a fully-fledged tournament, more and more of these games will take place.”

White said the social aspect of the trip to London was another benefit with the teams having dinner together on both Thursday and Saturday night after the game.

“Bridges are being built,” he said. “It’s club rugby. It’s the way rugby should be. Maybe here [England] can be a home from home. I’m sure there are exciting times ahead.”

What the Sharks players, and the supporters, may find unsettling is that White, after just one outing, has already reminded the rugby world that he is desperate to coach at international level again. White coached the Springboks to the 2007 Rugby World Cup title and last year plotted the defeat of the British Lions when he was in charge of the Brumbies.

“I’ve made it quite clear I would love to coach another international team. John Smit [the Sharks’ CEO] knows full well my ambition is to coach again at the highest level,” White said.

“I’d like to coach a team that I feel can win a World Cup. If that means that you’re going to coach in the northern hemisphere, that’s fantastic. If that means you get another crack at your own country [South Africa], that would also be great.

“I’m never going to be embarrassed about the fact that, as a young guy, I coached national rugby and I enjoyed it. And now I’ve got older I long to get that opportunity again. But one never knows where. If it’s in England, or Wales, then obviously I put my hand up,” he told reporters.

The Sharks play a friendly against the Lions at Ellis Park on February 7 and open their Super Rugby challenge against the Bulls in Durban the following weekend.

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