Springboks Zane Kirchner and Arno Botha has been declared fit for action and will be available for selection for the Vodacom Bulls opening match of the 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby season against DHL Stormers on February 22nd at Loftus Versfeld.
Kirchner missed the team’s final warm-up match against the Toyota Cheetahs on Saturday due to a back strain, but it was precautionary and the experienced player will be in line to play in his 72nd Super Rugby match.
Botha had a hamstring niggle, but has also being declared fit to fully participate in the last two weeks of pre-season, Vodacom Bulls team doctor Org Strauss said on Monday.
The injury list shows a couple of new faces following the two matches in Polokwane where the Cheetahs and the Vodacom Blue Bulls Limpopo teams were defeated.
Akona Ndungane injured an ankle and will sit out for a week, while Ulrich Beyers will train again on Friday.
Young flanker Jacques du Plessis will sit out for two weeks due to a shoulder injury and Dewald Potgieter, Mornè Mellett and Dries Swanepoel will sit out training today.
There is also a good recovery for Tony Jantjies (groin, two weeks), Dawie Steyn (leg, one week), Wilhelm Steenkamp (AC joint, 3 weeks) and Marcel van der Merwe (knee rehab, end of May).
Dean Greyling is out of his moon boot today and his recovery from a stress fracture in his foot could see him being considered for the Stormers clash.
Louis Fouchè (hamstring) should also be back next week.