Toulon’s Smith facing three months out

Date published: September 5 2016

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.