Planet Rugby

Wales eye import Dirksen

16th May 2014 10:27

Share:

hanno dirksen ospreys

Wales cap? Hanno Dirksen

Wales are attempting to entice South African-born Ospreys centre-cum-wing Hanno Dirksen to represent the nation in Test rugby.

Dirksen qualifies for Wales through the three-year residency rule, but was not picked for the international trial match ahead of the June Tests in the land of his birth.

The issue facing the Ospreys star is a persistent knee problem, restricting his involvement in training and so affecting his conditioning and match fitness.

"We've had a conversation about Hanno Dirksen," revealed Wales assistant coach Rob Howley to WalesOnline.

"I've said to Steve Tandy we are going to have to sit down and talk about trying to get the best out of Hanno for him to play international rugby.

"What the solution is I'm not too sure. It's very difficult.

"His knee problem has been an issue for 18 months at least. It is a shame, because Hanno is a quality player, but he's just playing game to game. Unfortunately then your conditioning drops off a level. We just cannot man-manage a player on a tour."

  • Guinness PRO12 Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 31
Glasgow vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Ospreys vs Connacht19:35
Leinster vs Edinburgh19:35
Saturday , November 1
Scarlets vs ZebreTBC
Ulster vs Newport Gwent D'gonsTBC
Cardiff Blues vs Munster17:15
Friday , November 21
Connacht vs Zebre19:35
Ulster vs Ospreys19:35
Scarlets vs Glasgow19:35
Saturday , November 22
Newport Gwent D'gons vs MunsterTBC
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
  • Guinness PRO12 Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Guinness PRO12
Sunday , October 12
Ospreys 26 - 15 Cardiff BluesOspreys vs Cardiff Blues Report
Saturday , October 11
Edinburgh 24 - 10 Newport Gwent D'gonsEdinburgh vs Newport Gwent D
Zebre 3 - 20 LeinsterZebre vs Leinster Report
Ulster 29 - 9 GlasgowUlster vs Glasgow Report
Friday , October 10
Benetton Treviso 6 - 9 ConnachtBenetton Treviso vs Connacht Report
Munster 17 - 6 Scarlets
Sunday , October 5
Benetton Treviso 23 - 40 Glasgow
Scarlets 26 - 13 Newport Gwent D'gonsScarlets vs Newport Gwent D
Saturday , October 4
Leinster 23 - 34 MunsterLeinster vs Munster Report
Friday , October 3
Connacht 24 - 24 Cardiff Blues
More Guinness PRO12 results
  • Guinness PRO12 Table
Guinness PRO12 Table
PosTeamPPts
1Ospreys626
2Glasgow Warriors623
3Ulster622
4Munster619
5Connacht618