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Springbok scrumhalf Reinach to miss Wales series

By Rugby365
Cobus Reinach has had an excellent 2019 for club and country and is unsurprisingly coveted by clubs with cash to spend. (Getty Images)

Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach is reportedly set to miss the upcoming three-Test series against Wales.

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The Montpellier star did not feature in his team’s Top 14 top of the table clash on Sunday against Bordeaux-Begles due to a shoulder injury.

Reinach sustained the injury during Montpelliers’ match against Harlequins in the European Challenge Cup two weeks ago.

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According to Rapport, the 32-year-old is set to undergo surgery on Wednesday, which will keep him sidelined for three to four months.

“Cobus will undergo an operation on his shoulder on Wednesday in South Africa,” said Montpellier boss Phillipe Saint-Andre. “His season is over.”

The injury is a big setback for the Springboks, who will also be without the services of wing Sibusiso Nkosi (ankle) and lock Rudolph Snyman (knee).

Springboks kick off their 2022 international season with three tests against Wales – in Pretoria (July 2), Bloemfontein (July 9) and Cape Town (July 16).

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Meanwhile, it seems like wing Cheslin Kolbe is expected to recover from his thump injury just in time for the Test series.

The 28-year-old World Cup winner sustained the injury in a European Challenge Cup match against Benetton two weeks ago.

Kolbe underwent a “successful” operation, and will be “kept out of action for several weeks”, the club revealed in a statement last week.

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