RUGBY NEWS - Springbok captain Siya Kolisi was among a trio of star players who returned to training for DHL Western Province on Monday at the start of the build-up to what has now become a crucial home Currie Cup clash with the Xerox Golden Lions this coming weekend.
Dillyn Leyds, who was part of the Springbok match-day squad in Johannesburg this past weekend, was in the thick of things as WP trained on a chilly morning at the High Performance Centre in Bellville, and so was Kolisi.
Sergeal Petersen, who was already back in training after his injury last week, looks fit and ready to play again.
Assistant coach Dawie Snyman wasn’t quite sure about the status of Kolisi, who has been out of rugby with a knee injury since the Stormers went to Johannesburg for their third last Super Rugby game in early June, or Petersen.
However, he expects Leyds, who could boost WP’s attacking game significantly with his X-factor, to be in the selection mix for the Lions game.
"Dillyn is definitely back and will be available. I am not sure about Sergeal’s status. I’m not sure if he will be ready this week, but he was training with us last week already," said Snyman.
"Siya looks good. I was with the forwards just now and he was training with them. He brings an energy to the group, be it as a member of the playing group or with his contributions in team meetings, so it is good to have him back.
"I am not sure of what his status is regarding this week. We will find that out later. But the initial plan was that he would train with us for two weeks and then play. Unfortunately we have a bye next weekend (after the Lions game) so I don't know where that leaves us. We will have to discuss it with the Springbok medical staff and see what their expectations are."