Bismarck du Plessis almost fully recovered
Bismarck du Plessis speaks to EWN Sport about his recovery and being part of the Springbok squad.
DURBAN - Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis told EWN Sport his nightmare long-term injury woes are all but over and he's on the brink of making a return to international rugby.
EWN Sport spoke to him after he played in a club game in Durban on Friday night despite being a member of the Bok squad for the Incoming Test Series, which starts on Saturday against Italy.
The Sharks player has been out for almost nine months following a serious injury sustained against Argentina last year.
Friday night's match was his third club game in a row as he makes his return to full fitness.
The match ended 18-all between the Crusaders and Collegians,
du Plessis told EWN Sport exactly what his physical state is at the moment.
"I'm definitely not fully recovered. If I were fully recovered I would have liked to play against Italy tomorrow night. But at least I have taken three steps since my injury, played three 80 minutes and I am very happy about that."
He told EWN Sport playing back at club level has been a great experience for him.
"It always feels like the game doesn't go past three phases but its tough rugby and this is actually the real root of rugby and sometimes I ask myself if we bring enough back to the people that play here and that's a major thing. These are the people who actually support us and come and watch us play every Saturday."
Despite not having played for some time there was surprise in some quarters of his call-up to the Bok squad, but not to du Plessis.
"I won't say I was surprised, it was definitely a thing to be in the Springbok squad and being in the Springbok squad is a big honour. I always see it as; if you miss one game, it's a game you'll never get back."
He said he's worked extremely hard to get back to where he is.