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    Kobus Wiese ‘fine and stable’ after heart attack says good mate Toks van der Linde

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    Former Springbok lock Kobus Wiese will remain in a Cape Town hospital until the weekend at the very least following an emergency heart procedure.

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    The 1995 Rugby World Cup-winning second-rower was rushed to Mediclinic’s Panorama hospital on Tuesday night after feeling unwell.

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    Following a series of tests, a stent was inserted to help alleviate a narrowed artery in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

    The 56-year-old will be closely monitored for the next 72 hours.

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    Kobus Wiese’s good friend and fellow Springbok forward, Toks van der Linde, confirmed his close mate was “fine and stable”.

    “We pray that he gets better. Kobus is mentally very strong. I really think he will survive it,” he told Cape Talk.

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    “He can’t take calls in the ICU, but we’re WhatsApping each other and I’m in contact with his wife, Belinda. I told him too that he’s got a second chance no and need to look after himself.

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    “I didn’t sleep last night. I was so drained. But Kobus is a strong character,” Van der Linde added.

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    Kobus Wiese played 18 Tests for the Springboks and 128 matches for Transvaal / Golden Lions during his career.

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