JOHANNESBURG – South Africa utility back Warrick Gelant said Monday that he had ruled himself out of the Rugby Championship for a “few months”.
“I will undergo surgery soon on my shoulder. Will be out of action for a few months,” the full-back/winger tweeted.
Gelant played in the dead-rubber third Test against England last month after being among the replacements for the first two internationals of a series the Springboks won 2-1.
Based in Pretoria with the Bulls, the 23-year-old is a rising star of South African rugby with jinking runs from deep positions a feature of his play.
Turn a setback into a come back. I will undergo surgery soon on my shoulder. Will be out of action for a few months. pic.twitter.com/GFgCy2nBjx
South Africa launch their Rugby Championship campaign on August 18 against Argentina in Durban and their last match is at home to world champions New Zealand on October 6 in Pretoria.
The Springboks are preparing for the four-nation championship, which also includes Australia, with a training camp in Stellenbosch.
Agence France-Presse (AFP)