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Blitzboks suffer Chris Dry injury blow

South Africa’s most experienced player Chris Dry will be out for the remainder of the World Sevens Series campaign after injuring his knee during the Cape Town leg last weekend.

South Africa's Chris Dry is helped off the field after injuring his knee in Cape Town. Picture: @Blitzboks/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s most experienced player Chris Dry will be out for the remainder of the World Sevens Series campaign after injuring his knee during the Cape Town leg last weekend.

Dry sustained serious ligament damage to his knee in the hard fought 31-26 quarter-final victory against Fiji at the Cape Town Stadium. Dry played in his 63rd tournament and is one of the most important figures in Neil Powell’s team.

Blitzbok’s team doctor Leigh Gordon, says that Dry will be out for at least six months, and will undergo surgery on Friday.

“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.”

Gordon also confirmed that Siviwe Soyizwaphi, who replaced Dry, also injured his knee, but said that he should be ready to play in the next tournament.

“Shakes should be able to return to play in about six weeks’ time.”

Dylan Sage, who missed the first two tournaments of the World Rugby Sevens Series because of a back injury, will join the squad in full training in January.

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