The Springbok camp on Wednesday sent out their support to Bok lock Krynauw Otto, who was admitted to hospital on Tuesday with bleeding on the brain.
Otto, who had suffered a subdural haematoma on the away leg of the Tri-Nations competition in Australia, was admitted to the Pretoria East hospital yesterday with bleeding on the brain and he will be operated on tomorrow to drain the blood.
Springbok coach Nick Mallett phoned Otto to wish him well and several of the squad added that they had kept the giant lock in their prayers.
Mallett admitted that he was "very worried" about the operation and would be watching the lock's progress. "I phoned him last night and obviously we are very upset about it," Mallett said. "I chatted to him and he said he had been taking it very easy over the last month and my impression was that things were going well."
Several of his team-mates admitted the injury was a wake-up call for them, and could happen to any one of them at any time. "I was shocked," former Bulls centre Grant Esterhuizen said on Wednesday, "and he has all my sympathy."
"I'm very upset and shocked," prop Robbie Kempson added, "Obviously we are thinking of his family and his wife and son and just want to wish him well."