Bizzy Has Neck Surgery!

Bismarck du Plessis has often been mentioned as a back-up option for the Springbok hooking berth, especially if the likes of Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, and Akker van der Merwe were injured.

This has become more likely not to happen. His chances of a recall to the Springbok fold have taken a huge knock with the news that he has been ruled out of rugby for up to two months following neck surgery.

The Montpellier contracted 34-year-old joins fellow South Africans Johan Goosen, Francois Steyn, Henry Immelman and Jacques du Plessis on the injury list.

Du Plessis, who has 79 caps, underwent surgery on a cervical disc herniation, which rules him out of action until December at the earliest.

He’ll miss Top 14 matches against Racing 92 this Sunday, Agen on November 24 and Clermont on December 1 before the Champions Cup returns.