Ross Cronjé’s time on the sidelines has almost made him fade from memory. The soft-spoken scrumhalf was again robotically effective in setting the Lions’ tempo and pulse in 2018’s Super Rugby but it’s been five months since a shoulder operation yanked him from the field. In that time the game seemed to have passed him by. The 29-year-old had established himself as a regular feature in the Springbok team in 2017‚ but in 2018 the Boks went for Faf de Klerk’s cutting edge, while Cronjé was exposed to the scalpel. Soon‚ however‚ he can set about the task of retracing his steps when he returns from injury. “Hopefully in a week or two‚” Cronjé said about his return. “I’m not going to rush back. I’m gonna make sure I’m 100% ready. I’ve run quite a bit. Now I’m taking more contact and doing game-related drills and fitness. “I had a Latarjet — a shoulder injury. It happened about five months ago. I had to go for an operation. It is usually a six-month injury. It has been five months but my r...

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