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Magner's League: Godman loss huge blow for Edinburgh

Edinburgh will be without Scotland international out-half Phil Godman when they face Leinster in their crucial Magners League encounter tomorrow night at Murrayfield.

The Scottish outfit are without a win after three outings and face a Leinster side smarting from their shock loss away to Treviso last weekend.

However, while Joe Schmidt's side expect to name Ireland international Jonny Sexton back at out-half today, Edinburgh have been rocked by the news that Godman is likely to be out of action for at least six months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee at training.

David Blair will start in Godman's place against Leinster, with last season's Scotland U-20 full-back Tom Brown brought on to the bench.

Meanwhile, South Africa skipper John Smit will miss the Springboks' November tour to Ireland and Britain.

The 32-year-old underwent surgery in Durban yesterday to repair a chronic cervical disc.

He will be sidelined for three months, ruling him out of autumn appointments with Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England and the Barbarians. The Springboks are due to run out at the Aviva Stadium on November 6.

Springboks team doctor Craig Roberts said an operation was carried out to ensure the disc did not get progressively worse.

“The timing was right for John to undergo surgery as he will now have a prolonged period of recovery in advance of the new season.

“This was not a career-threatening injury,” he explained.

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