Blitzboks star Justin Geduld is set to miss the next two tournaments in the World Rugby Sevens Series due to injury.
Geduld will be unavailable for the upcoming Las Vegas and Vancouver legs after fracturing his jaw at the Hamilton Sevens in early February.
The playmaker, who has been ruled out for six weeks, joins a number of players who are not available for the tournaments as Seabelo Senatla, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Kwagga Smith and Tim Agaba have all returned to their Super Rugby franchises.
‘We knew that we were losing those four players to Super Rugby, so it is not ideal that we are travelling without Justin too,’ coach Neil Powell said.
‘Justin has been in great form this season, and if you add Chris Dry [knee injury], who we have also lost for the season, the depth of our squad will be tested.
‘Dylan Sage [concussion], Ruhan Nel [knee], Philip Snyman, Rosko Specman and Muller du Plessis [all hamstring injuries] were all injured before or during the Hamilton tournament, but we are hopeful to have some of them back for this trip. Luckily Siviwe Soyizwapi, who was injured in Cape Town, has been cleared to play again.’