The All Black center Le Roux Malan says, “We thought the tibia was off.”.

The All Black center Le Roux Malan says, “We thought the tibia was off.”.

When All Black center Anton Lienert-Brown visited injured Namibian center Le Roux Malan in the hospital on Monday, rugby displayed its softer side.

Following Malan’s serious injury in the teams’ Pool A match on Friday night, Lienert-Brown paid the Namibian center a visit in the hospital.

Malan was hurt in the first half of his team’s 71-3 Rugby World Cup defeat at the Stadium de Toulouse.
He fractured and dislocated his ankle.
While he was receiving treatment, the game was stopped for a while.
When it resumed, the crowd and his teammates gave him a thunderous standing ovation as he left the field.

After Malan’s successful surgery three days later, fellow center Lienert-Brown visited him at his bedside and gave him a personalized All Blacks jersey.

Malan, 24, updated Lienert-Brown on the injury during their conversation.
“It turned out to be so much better than we had anticipated. We believed the tibia was misaligned, but it has only been four to six months, which is unbelievable, he said.

“When I made the initial contact with Beauden (Barrett), my right foot just about snapped because my left foot had slid and I believe it had already gotten stuck in the ground.
It’s a freak accident.

Lienert-Brown and Malan watched some of the Australia-Fiji game together in addition to talking about the injury.
I really appreciate this, bro,” Malan said.

“I definitely feel his pain,” Lienert-Brown continued, “having had shoulder surgery myself.
It can be difficult to stop playing your favorite sport for six months when you’re so dedicated and driven to it.

However, it’s good to see that he is in great spirits.
Both teams respect one another.


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