SA Rugby statement on Pierre Spies
14 August 2007 (Posted: 15:14)

SA Rugby has received a review of all the medical assessments done on Pierre Spies and an opinion expressed thereon.

According to this opinion (provided by a leading pulmonologist) “there is irrefutable evidence that the player had pulmonary emboli on the 30th July 2007,” the first day he was diagnosed.

The respiratory specialist is of the opinion that Spies needs ‘full anticoagulation for a minimum of 3 months. Full anticoagulation precludes the player from any contact sports.” This recommendation has been discussed with Spies.

Spies has the right, in terms of medical principles, to decide whether to undertake the recommended treatment or not.

Based on this third opinion, SA Rugby has, with regret, reaffirmed its earlier decision to withdraw Spies from the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad, and to replace him with Bismarck du Plessis.

Andy Marinos, Manager of National Teams at SA Rugby, said he has accepted the outcome and praised the efforts of the specialists and the Springbok medical team in this regard.

“The medical team did everything they could to resolve this serious and potentially life-threatening matter as speedily as possible. They conducted themselves in a very professional manner and always placed the welfare of the player first,” said Marinos.

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