Bok prop Redelinghuys faces neck surgery

Julian Redelinghuys (Gallo)
Julian Redelinghuys (Gallo)

Cape Town - Springbok prop Julian Redelinghuys will undergo neck surgery in a Bloemfontein hospital on Sunday, after he suffered a frightening injury on Saturday.

According to the Rugby365 website, Redelinghuys was stretchered off the field in the 44th minute of the Free State Cheetahs' 55-17 demolition of the Golden Lions in their Currie Cup semi-final in Bloemfontein.

The Bok No 3 twisted his neck badly in a collision with Cheetahs hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld.

Lions team doctor Rob Collins confirmed that Redelinghuys sustained a "dislocation" of his neck at the C5/6 level during the game.

"He has minimal temporary weakness of his left arm," Collins said.

"He is in traction at a Bloemfontein hospital and will go to surgery tomorrow (Sunday) at 10:00 to reduce the dislocation and stabilise it."

The Lions doctor said the Bok prop is expected to make a "full recovery" although it is not clear whether he will ever play rugby again.

Redelinghuys was a certain selection for the Springbok tour to Europe next month.

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