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World Cup boost for Smith

Juan Smith could still be ready to play in the World Cup later this year despite the Achilles injury suffered by the South Africa flanker over the weekend.

Smith, a 69-Test veteran and captain of his franchise the Cheetahs, underwent surgery on Monday after sustaining a partial tear of the tendon, with the recovery period set for six months.

It was initially feared that his Achilles had been completely torn, but Cheetahs doctor Ian Morris told Afrikaans newspaper Volksblad: "We are planning on having him fit for the World Cup. There is definitely a chance that he can recover in time."

He added: "If everything goes well, six months is not an unreasonable recovery period.

"He will be able to play in August and the World Cup starts at the beginning of September."

The opening match of the World Cup is on September 9 and the Springboks play their first game against Wales two days later.


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