The Blitzboks have suffered a setback after Kyle Brown was ruled out of the remaining eight tournaments of the World Rugby Sevens Series.
Brown ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in South Africa’s semi-final victory over New Zealand at the Cape Town Sevens last Sunday.
The player will undergo surgery on Thursday, Springbok Sevens team doctor, Leigh Gordon, confirmed.
“Kyle will be operated on in Cape Town on Thursday (tomorrow) and will not be able to play for between six to nine months. This means that he will miss the remainder of the series,” Gordon said.
A number of injuries picked up in Cape Town were treated this week, but according to Gordon, none of the injuries were serious.
“Philip Snyman (hand) and Ruhan Nel (hand) underwent scans, but the results showed that they were only soft tissue injuries. They will be fit to resume training when the squad assembles again early in January,” he said.
Seabelo Senatla also picked up a quadriceps muscle injury, which ruled him out of the final in which the Blitzboks were edged 19-17 by England. He will make a full recovery, Gordon said.
Carel du Preez, who strained a hamstring, and Tim Agaba, who injured his ankle during a warm-up tournament in Namibia last month, are both recovering well, as is Sandile Ngcobo (knee). Their progress will be assessed once the squad re-assembles in Stellenbosch early in January.
The next tournament in the series is in Wellington, New Zealand and will be played on 28 and 29 January.