Springbok Sevens forward Chris Dry has suffered a colossal blow after being ruled out of the game for between six and nine months following a knee injury sustained on Sunday.
Dry‚ 29‚ suffered the setback during the Blitzboks’ quarter-final of the Cape Town Sevens against Fiji and medical tests revealed major ligament damage to the knee.
It puts the bruising player‚ who also represented the Cheetahs at looseforward during the 2016 Currie Cup‚ at risk of missing the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco next July.
The injury has definitely ruled him out of the remainder of the World Series‚ which still has eight of the 10 legs to play.
The Blitzboks are second on the series standings with 39 points after winning the season-opening tournament in Dubai and coming third in Cape Town. New Zealand lead on 41 points after coming second in Dubai and winning in Cape Town.
"Chris will be operated on in Cape Town and will not be able to play for between six to nine months‚ which means he will miss the remainder of the series‚" Blitzbok team doctor Leigh Gordon said.
She also confirmed that Siviwe Soyizwapi‚ who replaced Dry for the last two matches in Cape Town on Sunday‚ suffered a knee injury.
"He [Soyizwapi] should be able to return to play in about six weeks’ time‚" Gordon said.
A number of Blitzboks picked up knocks in Cape Town but, according to Gordon‚ the injuries were not too serious. "Cecil Africa tweaked his knee and Seabelo Senatla has a soft tissue injury to his shoulder‚ but both will‚ with the rest of the squad‚ be fit to train once the squad reassembles in Stellenbosch in January‚" Gordon said.
Dylan Sage‚ who missed the first two tournaments of the 2017-18 series because of a back injury‚ will join the squad in full training in January.
The next tournament in the series is the Sydney Sevens‚ to be played from January 26 to 28.