Huge blow for Springbok chances as Spies is ruled out of RWC

Pierre Spies, South Africa’s promising young number 8 has been ruled out of this year’s Rugby World Cup after specialists found clots on his lungs – he will be unable to play for 6 to 8 months.

This news is a huge disappointment, not just for Jake White’s team, but also for the rest of the rugby world that was looking forward to seeing such a talent perform on the biggest of stages.

The door is opens for Bob Skinstad as he continues his second career for South Africa, and now appears to be first choice at the base of the scrum.