Tier could be stranded in NZ for a month

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The Toyota Cheetahs loose forward, Tier Schoeman, could have to spend the next month in New Zealand after developing a thrombosis during the team's flight for their Super Rugby tour. PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

The Toyota Cheetahs flanker, Tier Schoeman, could be spending the next month in New Zealand after developing a thrombosis in his leg and lung during the team’s flight to New Zealand more than a week ago.

The player was admitted to a hospital in Auckland to receive treatment in order to dissolve the blood clots.

The condition is of the nature that the player cannot fly as this will present a risk. The team travelled to Wellington following their tour opener against the Blues, while Schoeman stayed behind in the City of Sails.

This will also mean that the live-wire loose forward cannot travel with the team to Tokyo, following the match against the defending champions on Saturday.

Schoeman will be evaluated on 23 May by specialists and if he receives the all clear, he will have to receive further approval by the airline before being able to board the flight back home.

Meanwhile, the former Springbok U20 and current Toyota Free State XV captain, Junior Pokomela, has received the emergency call to replace Schoeman on tour.

Pokomela departed for the Land of the Long White Cloud over the weekend to link up with the side in the New Zealand capital city.

The player led the Free State XV on Friday afternoon during their last minute 32-30 loss to the Griquas at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.

There was also some concern over the captain, Francois Venter, who injured his ankle, while Raymond Rhule is busy observing concussion protocol. The Cheetahs face the Hurricanes on Saturday morning at the Westpac Stadium, with kick-off at 9:35. – MORGAN PIEK