South Africa were dealt a second cruel blow on Sunday, when it was revealed that Springbok captain John Smit will take no further part in the Tri-Nations series.
This follows after fellow Bok hooker Bismarck du Plessis was suspended for three weeks for an incident in the South Africa’s 30-28 victory over New Zealand at Carisbrook, Dunedin, at the weekend.
Smit underwent surgery in Johannesburg last week on the groin injury aggravated during the first Tri-Nations Test – a 8-19 loss against the All Blacks in Wellington the previous week.
Smit aggravated his groin injury when he was spear-tackled by All Black lock Brad Thorn in Wellington. Thorn was later cited and banned for just one week – although he and Du Plessis miss the same number of games.
The surgery was successful and a recovery programme is now being instituted.
Despite being sidelined, Smit spoke of his joy Sunday at the Springboks’ historic win in Dunedin.
“I have obviously been very down since I returned home, but the guys brought a smile to my face,” the Bok captain said.
“It was an incredible win, and vindication for all the hard work that has gone in by all involved.
“The All Blacks are formidable opponents, their home record attests to that, and winning there takes something very special. I am over the moon.”
There has been no date set for Smit’s return.
Ongoing assessment will be undertaken by the Bok medical staff upon their return from Australia.Tweet