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Damian Willemse ruled out for four months due to injury

The Bok camp has been dealt another heavy blow with the news that Damian Willemse has been ruled out of action until at least the end of September.

22-05-24 10:22
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Damian Willemse. Photo: SARugby.co.za

The Stormers’ Bok ace, Damian Willemse, is set to miss the remainder of the URC campaign, as well as South Africa’s four mid-year Tests and 2024 Rugby Championship.


The 26-year-old Willemse has been in excellent form for both club and country, having played a big role in the Springboks’ back-to-back World Cup wins and the Stormers’ late push for a home playoff in the URC.

But he suffered a finger injury during the Cape side’s win against Connacht in Galway last week, and it is now believed the knock is worse than initially thought.

While it was hoped that it was a simple sprain, according to Netwerk24, a scan has revealed that the two-time Bok world champion has injured his finger ligaments and will need surgery.

The recovery process is expected to keep Willemse out for a reported four months, meaning he may only return to be part of the Boks’ end-of-year tour.

The Stormers have one more round in the URC to play against the Lions in Cape Town next Saturday, before they face the challenge of an away playoff against Munster, the Glasgow Warriors, Leinster or the Bulls.


Meanwhile, the Boks are now short of a fullback for their two-Test series against Ireland, their one-off clashes against Wales and Portugal, as well as the entirety of the Rugby Championship.

The initial reaction to the news is that Willie le Roux will have to slot back into a starting role for the first 10 Tests of the season based on his excellent form for the Bulls, but that means the Bok squad is in the market for a back-up fullback just a month out from the first game of the international campaign.

Bok fullback Willie le Roux
Bok fullback Willie le Roux. Photo by Christiaan KOTZE / AFP