Swanepoel forced to quit Worcester
April 15, 2004

Worcester will be without Springbok scrum half Werner Swanepoel when they make their assault on the Zurich premiership next season.

The scrum half has been diagnosed with viral meningitis and has returned to South Africa in a bid to return to full health.

"It's very sad. We've all worked so hard to get Worcester into the Premiership, and now I'm not going to be able to experience it," said Swanepoel.

"My priority has to be to get better. The doctors have said that, in the worst case, this illness could last for three years and I want to recover from this."

"He has been a key signing for us," said the clubs Director of Rugby John Brain. "Two years ago we wanted to build a team around him as a player and a leader, because we recognised that he wasn't only a very good player, but also a true professional."

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