Evan Roos in action for the Springboks. Photo: SA Rugby website

Evan Roos in action for the Springboks. Photo: SA Rugby website

Springboks youngster in health scare after collapsing

Springboks youngster Evan Roos had to be taken to hospital after collapsing on arrival at OR Tambo International Airport this week.

Evan Roos in action for the Springboks. Photo: SA Rugby website

Evan Roos in action for the Springboks. Photo: SA Rugby website

Last weekend, Evan Roos produced a solid performance as he made his second start for the Springboks at No 8, coming in for the unavailable Jasper Wiese. It in fact emerged that the Stormers star suffered a serious rib injury early on, but found the strength to push through until the 53rd minute when he was eventually replaced.

After returning to South Africa, Roos has now explained how he endured a health scare after feeling unwell on the journey home.


The 22-year-old told Netwerk24 that he didn’t eat much on the flight back from London and collapsed while waiting for a connecting flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town.

“I started feeling dizzy … and collapsed on the way to the bathroom. It felt as if my eyes wanted to close and I couldn’t stand up,” Roos told Netwerk24.

Roos underwent a series of tests after being taken to hospital, including a consultation with a pulmonologist to make sure there was no damage to his lungs.

“At least there was nothing wrong and he said it was all right if I got on a plane. I went back to the Cape [on Tuesday] evening,” he said.

“I think the pain, exhaustion, together with me eating little and taking pain pills, had quite an effect. I think it was already too much and then my body decided it had to ‘reset’ now . Everything just came to a point.

“Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. It sounds bad, but when I think back now, I haven’t been on holiday in a long time.”

Roos has started two Tests for the Springboks

Earlier this week, Stormers’ forwards coach Rito Hlungwani confirmed they needed to wait on the injury assessment for Roos.

“Our doctor informed us about Evan Roos,” Hlungwani said. “He’s going to go for scans as soon as he lands and then we’ll have the diagnosis and feedback. We’re not sure if it (his rib) is broken or not. Once we hear from our specialist, we’ll be able to give the correct information.”


Stormers head coach John Dobson later confirmed during Friday’s team announcement press conference that Roos will not be back before mid-January.

Evan Roos
Evan Roos’ meteoric rise in his rugby has included a URC title – and a call-up to the Springbok squad. Photo: SA Rugby website