PRO12 champions Connacht have failed to get fly-half Marnitz Boshoff an early release from his Golden Lions contract.
Connacht announced in March they had signed the South African pivot on a two-year deal, but the Lions have refused to release him early from his contract which only expires at the conclusion of the Currie Cup.
The setback means Boshoff won't be able to join up with the defending PRO12 champions, who have lost their first two games of the new season, before November.
"We did [try]," Connacht coach Pat Lam told The42.
"They weren’t going to budge there, because Elton Jantjies (the Springboks number 10) doesn’t play Currie Cup for them. They've got him there as their safety net at the moment. I'm in constant contact with him and we feed him all the stuff that we’re doing, all the plays. So he’s doing a bit of work and he's pretty anxious to get here. He’s looking forward to it."
Lam confirmed that flanker Nepia Fox-Matamua will be sidelined until November after injuring his hamstring against Glasgow on the opening weekend of the season.
Versatile back Josh Rowland has been ruled out for four to six weeks following surgery on an ankle injury, while wing Danie Poolman is currently undergoing the return-to-play protocols after a head injury against the Ospreys last weekend.
Prop Denis Buckley has returned to training but Connacht’s injury list remains lengthy.
Quinn Roux, Craig Ronaldson, Andrew Browne, Ben Marshall, Peter Robb, Jake Heenan, Sean O’Brien, Darragh Leader, Eoghan Masterson, Cian Kelleher, Nathan White, John Cooney, Rory Parata and Ciaran Gaffney are all still injured.
“They’re not far off, some we’re monitoring this week,” Lam said.