Boeta Chamberlain broke his cheek bone in four places against Nelspruit at the St John’s Easter Festival on Monday.
Paarl Boys’ arrived back in Cape Town on Tuesday without their replacement flyhalf, who remained behind in Joburg.
‘He hurt his cheek bone quite badly,’ Paarl Boys’ coach Sean Erasmus told SARugbymag.co.za. ‘He’s broken it in four places. He’s going to be OK, but will require surgery.
‘Our physio spent the night with Boeta [at the hospital], but had to fly back for work this morning so one of our old boys up there has been with him today.
‘Boeta’s dad flew up earlier today to be with him. His dad wants to bring him back down to Cape Town to have the surgery, but we’re trying to get him to agree to have the surgery up there because I think it would be very painful for Boeta to fly with the injury.’
Erasmus confirmed that nobody was at fault for the injury.
‘It was an accident. He chipped the ball over the line and everybody went up for it. On the way down one of the players might have connected with an elbow or a knee when Boeta went in for the tackle.’
It is Chamberlain’s first year in the 1st XV squad.
‘He is in Grade 11,’ said Erasmus. ‘He’s a very talented cricket and rugby player. He’s been the A-team flyhalf in his age-group every year.’
By Tyrone Engel
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