World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit came close to having a leg amputated after a freak Super Rugby injury, medical staff at his Cape Town club told AFP on Tuesday.

The Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok and Stormers loose forward limped off with what initially seemed a minor leg knock in a match against the Blues in February. But the blow to his leg soon turned into a medical emergency, a Stormers’ medical staff member told AFP on condition of anonymity...

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