Toulon’s Smith facing three months out

Date published: September 5 2016

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - APRIL 19: Juan Smith of Toulon looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup semi final match between RC Toulon and Leinster at Stade Velodrome on April 19, 2015 in Marseille, France.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Toulon flanker Juan Smith could be ruled out for up to three months according to reports in France.

The former Springbok suffered a biceps injury in his side’s defeat to Brive on Saturday at the Stade FĂ©lix Mayol.

Smith, 35, is now set for a lengthy absence which would rule him out of Toulon’s opening Champions Cup matches in the coming months, as well as a chunk of the French season.

And the news gets worse for frustrated owner Mourad Boudjellal, with hooker Jean-Charles Orioli ruled out for six weeks following a tear in his right hamstring.

Toulon have won just one of their first three Top 14 matches this season, away to Pau, whilst suffering surprise losses against Bayonne and Brive.