Highlanders captain to miss SA tour

Ben Smith has been ruled out of the Highlanders' two-match tour of South Africa with an ankle injury.

The fullback tweaked his left ankle in the sixth minute of his team's 57-14 win against the Stormers in Dunedin on Friday.

He had the ankle strapped and played on, but by Saturday morning was wearing a moon boot.

Smith will miss his team's matches against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein and the Bulls in Pretoria, and could rejoin them for the clash against the Force in Perth.

Photo: Martin Hunter/Getty Images

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