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    Cheetahs loosie goes under the knife

    2016-05-12 07:25

    Cape Town - Cheetahs loose forward Willie Britz on Wednesday underwent knee surgery and will be sidelined for at least six weeks.

    He took a hard knock against the knee in the Cheetahs’ Super Rugby match against the Waratahs in Sydney last week.

    According to Netwerk24, Britz could be available for the tail-end of the Super Rugby competition.

    He has only played 136 minutes of rugby since making his comeback from another injury sustained while playing for his Japanese team, the Shining Arcs.

    He injured ligaments in his thumb during their last league match.

    Meanwhile, Cheetahs coach Franco Smith on Wednesday made several changes for this weekend’s match against the Southern Kings in Bloemfontein (17:05 kick-off).

    Up front, Charles Marais, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Maks van Dyk, Lood de Jager, Paul Schoeman and Uzair Cassiem are all back in the starting line-up.

    As such, Jacques du Toit, Ox Nche, Luan de Bruin, Henco Venter and Carl Wegner feature on the bench.

    Among the backs, Shaun Venter and Tian Meyer switch places scrumhalf, with Meyer moving to the bench.

    Captain Francois Venter will be playing at outside centre with Michael van der Spuy at No 12, while Nico Lee provides cover on the bench.

    Teams:

    Cheetahs

    15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais

    Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Carl Wegner, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Nico Lee

    Kings:

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