Schalk Brits has become the latest member of the Province contingent to watch the game from the sidelines.
Brits injured his knee in last Friday’s win over the Pumas, the same knee that has ailed him for the past few seasons.
“I tore my knee ligaments and dislocated my patella as far back as 2004, but the decision was made to forgo an operation and let the knee heal,” he told keo.co.za. “I suppose it’s due to the amount of rugby I’ve played over the last two years that I have broken down now.”
Brits plays an integral part in the Province team, and a serious injury to him could hamper WP’s chances this season. With Hanyani Shimange ruled out due to national duty, there is no recognised back-up at hooker after Huia Edmonds.
“I’m disappointed to be going through this so early in the season,” said Brits. “But we will only know the extent of the damage tomorrow morning. I can’t, complain, it doesn’t help.”
By Jon Cardinelli