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    Lions blow: Skosan ruled out for 6 months

    2018-01-24 10:28

    Cape Town - The Lions were dealt a cruel blow ahead of their 2018 Super Rugby campaign with the news that Springbok wing Courtnall Skosan has suffered a serious knee injury.

    The 26-year-old injured the knee in training on Monday and a MRI scan confirmed an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear.

    New Lions head coach Swys de Bruin confirmed that Skosan will be sidelined for the entire tournament.

    “It’s going to be about six months out for him,” he told IOL.

    “It’s a big blow. It happened in a freak accident in training on Monday... and it wasn’t even a contact session. He just ran into another guy. It’s a huge setback, but we’re at least well covered on the wing.”

    Skosan was in fine form for the Johannesburg-based outfit during 2017 and was called up to the Springbok squad.

    He represented South Africa in 12 Tests in 2017 and scored two tries.

    The Lions will play the Bulls in a pre-season match on Saturday at Ellis Park (15:00) and open their Super Rugby campaign against the Sharks, also at Ellis Park, on Saturday, February 17 at 17:15.

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