Springbok Sevens scrumhalf Branco du Preez has been ruled out of action for the rest of the year after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Du Preez will miss the opening two tournaments of the Sevens World Series in Dubai and Cape Town, which takes place in December.
'Branco underwent a right shoulder operation to stabilise the shoulder joint,' Springbok Sevens team doctor Leigh Gordon said. 'The procedure went smoothly and the surgeons who operated on him are happy with the outcome.'
The Springbok Sevens training squad are currently busy with their pre-season programme in Stellenbosch as they prepare for an expanded World Series with 10 tournaments.
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