Edinburgh Rugby fans may have to wait to see new signing Anton Bresler in action after the 26-year-old Namibian-born second row suffered a rib injury playing in one of his final matches before heading to Scotland.
Amid fears that Bresler may have suffered a fracture which could keep him sidelined for four to six weeks, the player was immediately withdrawn from the South African-based Sharks team who are now heading for New Zealand and a showdown with ex-Edinburgh captain Todd Blackadder’s Canterbury Crusaders in the semi-final of the Super-15 competition this Saturday.
Edinburgh are not due to begin their season until August 23 when they face Leicester Tigers in a friendly at Melrose with the Guinness Pro 12 starting a fortnight later.
However. the second row situation could be affected by Grant Gilchrist’s delayed return to training due to recent commitments with Scotland. Gilchrist is not due back for another week.
Bresler was always going to have to be integrated to Edinburgh systems with coaches careful not to burn out a player who has come off a southern hemisphere campaign.
Bresler’s latest injury came in a 31-27 win in Durban over Otago Highlanders whose utility back, Phil Burleigh, is also moving to Edinburgh. Burleigh signed off for the Highlanders by scoring a try to provide some cheer for coach Solomons.