The worst fears were realised for Zain Davids on Tuesday as he will have to undergo surgery on his shoulder and miss the rest of the Blitzboks’ season.
Davids has become an increasingly influential member of the injury-hit Springbok Sevens outfit, but hurt his shoulder during practice last week Wednesday, which ruled him out of the Hong Kong Sevens.
The 22-year-old Capetonian, who plays as a loose forward in 15-man rugby, will have his operation on Wednesday.
But good news for coach Neil Powell is that captain Philip Snyman, Cecil Afrika, JC Pretorius and Mfundo Ndhlovu will be back for the last two World Series tournaments in London (25-26 May) and Paris (1-2 June).
They won’t be at the Singapore Sevens this weekend, though, where Powell will hope to revitalise a Blitzboks team that were unbeaten in the pool stages in Hong Kong, but then lost to the USA and Argentina.