New Zealand centre Anton Lienert-Brown has visited Le Roux Malan in hospital after the Namibia centre suffered a serious injury in the teams’ Pool A match on Friday night.
Malan suffered a fractured and dislocated ankle injury in the first half of his side’s 71-3 Rugby World Cup loss at the Stadium de Toulouse.
Play was halted for several minutes while he received treatment and he left the pitch to a rousing ovation from the crowd and his fellow players.
Speaking to Lienert-Brown, 24-year-old Malan gave an update on the injury. “It turned out to be so much better than we initially thought. We thought the tibia was off but it’s only four to six months, which is unreal,” he said.
“My left foot slid and I think my right foot was caught in the ground already, so when I made that initial contact with Beauden (Barrett) it just basically snapped. It’s a freak injury.”
As well as discussing the injury, Lienert-Brown and Malan watched some of the Australia-Fiji match together. “I appreciate this so much bro, seriously,” Malan said.
Lienert-Brown added: “For someone like me who has been through shoulder surgery, I definitely feel his pain. When you’re passionate and driven about a sport you love, when it’s stopped for six months like that it can be tough.
“But it’s good to see he is in awesome spirits. [There’s] that mutual respect between both teams.”