Springbok scrum-half Cobus Reinach will not be facing Wales this June, as he faces a long spell on the sidelines recovering from surgery on a dislocated shoulder.
It is a blow to Montpellier as well as South Africa, who have fortunately just welcomed back Benoit Paillaugue for the Top 14 run-in, but would have liked to have had Reinach for the play-off rounds as well as a tough-looking finish.
“Cobus will undergo an operation on his shoulder on Wednesday in South Africa,” said Montpellier director of rugby Phillipe Saint-Andre. “His season is over.”
Reinach came off at half-time against Harlequins believing he had torn a muscle or injured the A/C joint at worst.
“I didn’t immediately feel that my shoulder was dislocated,” he said.
“The adrenaline was pumping I was able to finish the first period. Unfortunately, it’s part of the game. There’s never a good time to be injured but I’d rather it happen now than later (near the World Cup).”