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Matt Damon injured by Chester’s basic training

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HOLLYWOOD action hero Matt Damon sprained an ankle while training to portray a rugby player in his latest film on the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Damon, star of the famous Jason Bourne film trilogy, injured his foot while kicking a rugby ball at the Gardens Rugby Club in Cape Town on Thursday. He tried to kick the ball, but aimed low and sprained his right ankle. The actor was being shown the ropes by retired Springbok hero Chester Williams, the film’s official rugby coach.

Damon portrays former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar in the movie, which is being filmed under the working title “The Mandela Project”. It chronicles South Africa’s 1995 Rugby World Cup victory and suggests that the new South Africa was partly forged at that event.

Directed by Clint Eastwood and co-starring Morgan Freeman as Madiba, it has been hailed as a major triumph for the local film industry.

“In terms of stature and stars, this certainly is one of the biggest films ever to be made in South Africa,” said Cape Film Commission boss Laurence Mitchell. — Biénne Huisman

 ?? Picture: ESA ALEXANDER ?? ANKLE GRINDER: Matt Damon gets some tips from former Springbok star Chester Williams for his role as Francois Pienaar in a new film
Picture: ESA ALEXANDER ANKLE GRINDER: Matt Damon gets some tips from former Springbok star Chester Williams for his role as Francois Pienaar in a new film

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