Cape Town - Springbok prop Coenie Oosthuizen is likely to miss this year’s Rugby World Cup after undergoing neck surgery last week.
Oosthuizen was named in Heyneke Meyer’s 49-man Springbok squad last Saturday, but did not join the squad in Johannesburg this week.
Good news though for Oosthuizen is that the injury should not spell the end of his rugby career.
“At the end of the day, a player needs to take care of his own interests,” Bok team doctor Craig Roberts told Netwerk24.
“Coenie visited a very competent specialist and we decided he should make sure of his future in rugby. He will probably give up his dream to play in the World Cup this year, but at least he’ll be able to keep on playing.”
Oosthuizen, 26, has represented the Springboks in 21 Tests since making his debut in 2012.