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Bok Hendricks confident of overcoming heart condition

Wellington-born speedster Cornal Hendricks has been capped 12 times by the Springboks.

FILE: Springbok wing Cornal Hendricks. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Springbok wing Cornal Hendricks has told EWN Sport he's confident of making a full return to rugby as he recovers from a serious heart condition.

The Wellington-born speedster has been capped 12 times by the Springboks and has not played a Test since July 2015 - he's also yet to make an appearance for his new franchise the Stormers this season.

He said, "I am not going to retire now, I'm still going to play a lot of rugby."

He went on to say, "There is still plenty of rugby inside of me, I still want to play for a very long time."

While Hendricks has been side-lined he has been working hard on his foundation, the Cornal Hendricks Foundation.



This week, Hendricks conducted a rugby clinic for the 1st XV rugby teams of Bergrivier and Weltevrede High Schools who are both beneficiaries of Springbok winger's foundation.

The event serves as a lead up to the fundraising gala dinner for the Cornal Hendricks Foundation this Friday evening.

Hendricks, who was touted as a possible member of the Blitzboks squad who would travel to Rio Olympics. shared his motivation.

"The thing that drives me is my community and I want to be the example. I'm not playing, and I know it is a sad time, not only for me but my community."

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