- Pumas flyhalf Eddie Fouche is back home in Nelspruit recovering from his horrific injury against the Stormers.
- The 23-year-old has a dislocated hip and a Grade 2 MCL tear.
- Fouche will be sidelined for at least six weeks, effectively ruling him out for the remainder of the season.
Pumas flyhalf Eddie
Fouche says the horror injury he picked up in last weekend’s clash
against the Stormers was a pain he had never experienced before.
The 23-year-old had been instrumental in carving
out a 20-7 lead for his side in a Super Rugby Unlocked clash at Mbombela
Stadium but, shortly before the half-hour mark, he buckled awkwardly under a
cleanout from Stormers lock Salaam Moerat.
As play continued, Fouche was left writhing in pain
on the Nelspruit turf and knew immediately that something was seriously
Referee Marius van der Westhuizen was quick to
bring proceedings to a halt as Fouche was wheeled off in agony before the Pumas
slipped to a 42-37 win.
Fouche suffered a dislocated hip as well as a Grade
2 MCL tear to his left knee.
“They looked for any fractures and,
thankfully, there were no fractures in the hip,” Fouche told Sport24
“Prognosis-wise it’s six weeks out and then a
return to jogging.
“Time-wise, both injuries are the same time
off, so that makes it a bit easier.”
Replays revealed just how horrific Fouche’s injury
was with Stormers coach John Dobson acknowledging as much afterwards.
Looking back on the incident now, Fouche reveals
just what was going through his mind at the time.
“I didn’t really realise what had happened and
then I tried wriggling my way up to my feet and as soon as I wanted to move, I
felt that there was no way I could even roll over onto my back,” he
“I kind of knew that my season was over. The
pain that I felt was something I had never felt before.
“You have a lot of emotions and pain coming
through at the same time in that situation and there are so many things that go
through your head.
“I was in so much pain, but I also felt let
down that I wasn’t able to get on my feet and push for even another minute or
Having thought initially that he may have broken
his hip and almost unaware of the knee injury, six weeks out is a largely
positive result for Fouche, who had been in superb form so far in the
With the Super Rugby Unlocked/Currie Cup tournament
set to continue until mid-January, it almost certainly means that Fouche’s
season is over.
“It gives me an opportunity now to rest well
for the next six weeks,” Fouche said.
“There is a hell of a lot that you can learn
while being sidelined. In rugby there are always trends that come through as
the game progresses.
“My energy is not depleted yet and I will be
focusing on those trends.
“I take this as a big opportunity to relax, get
my game fitness up again and, from a technical aspect, stay up to speed with
the trends of the game. That’s something that has always been important to me.”
The Pumas are next in action when they host the
Sharks in Nelspruit on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 16:30.
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