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Oosthuizen will not return this season

Victim of a heart problem in the offseason, the second row of LOU Etienne Oosthuizen will not play again this season, but the rest of his career is not in question.

His last appearance on a rugby pitch dates back to February 29, when Lyon defeated Brive on behalf of the 17th day of the Top 14, just before the end of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, Etienne Oosthuizen (29 years old next month) has not played rugby again, due to heart problems which were detected in the offseason (and which have nothing to do with covid-19).

This Wednesday, the Lyon club announced that the South African second row would not play at all this season, but that the rest of his career was not called into question, without giving more details, medical secrecy requires. “ We are counting on Etienne’s strength and skill with the ball in hand as soon as next season resumes “, Hopes the LOU. According to Lyon Mag, the native of Klerkdorp has decided to stay in France and will invest in the youth teams of the Rhone club, pending the resumption of his career next summer.

At LOU for three years

Trained with the Johannesburg Lions, Etienne Oosthuizen then joined the Brumbies from Canberra, Australia, in 2013, then returned to the country, with the Durban Sharks, where he played from 2014 to 2017, before attempting his first adventure. European side of Lyon, in 2017. The second row played 24 Top 14 and 4 Challenge Cup matches in its first season, then 16 Top 14 matches (for 3 tries scored) and 4 Champions Cup matches in 2018 -19, and 17 Top 14 and 4 Champions Cup matches last season, before the interruption. But it is without him that the Rouge et Noir will end the 2019-20 championship season, in which they currently occupy sixth place, with two games behind.