Neck injury sees Cheetahs flank heed medical advice and hang up his boots

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Gerhard Olivier (Getty Images)


Gerhard Olivier (Getty Pictures)

Cheetahs flank Gerhard Olivier has introduced his retirement from skilled rugby with quick impact. 

Oliver sustained a neck damage through the PRO14
match towards the Dragons in Wales earlier this yr and has been suggested to hold up his boots on medical grounds.

“I injured my neck 15 minutes into the final recreation that we
performed within the PRO14. It was towards the Dragons. I used to be tackled from behind and
I used to be sort of pegged head first within the floor. I stored on taking part in, however the neck
damage was means worse than what we anticipated.” Olivier mentioned. 

“I anticipated to
make a full restoration being again in coaching with the boys now. With a mindset
the place you assume all the things is ok, then it’s not, is fairly
devastating.”

The 27-year-old made 53 appearances for the Cheetahs
and made his Tremendous Rugby debut towards the Waratahs in 2015 off the bench. 

He was a part of the Shimlas
workforce which gained the Varsity Cup in 2015 and proved himself worthy by coming
via the ranks. 

Sadly, his profession was plagued with a severe ankle
damage which noticed him miss a variety of rugby over the subsequent two years. 

Olivier bounced again to determine himself because the first-choice flank through the 2018/19 PRO14 season
and was among the many main defenders within the competitors.

“I might say that the 2015 Varsity Cup was fairly particular.
Going unbeaten and smashing everybody was nice. Numerous our pals got here
via that season, and in the identical yr we additionally all performed within the Vodacom
Cup, Tremendous Rugby and the Currie Cup. So, it was a giant yr for us
to interrupt the mould and began taking part in good rugby. That was positively the very best
yr for me. Enjoying in Eire within the first PRO14 video games was additionally a spotlight.

“Successful the Currie Cup in 2019 was nice, I beloved that. The
first three video games of the PRO14 had been nice once we smashed three groups that we’d
by no means been in a position to beat earlier than.”



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