Smit blow for Boks?

John Smit sustained an arm injury in Saturday’s defeat to the Wallabies and could miss the World Cup.

The Springbok captain reportedly tore ligaments in his arm during the second half. Coach Peter de Villiers refused to speak about the injury after the game, telling reporters that the injury would have be further assessed in the next 24 hours and that a medical report would follow on Monday.

If Smit has suffered a serious injury, it could jeopardise his chances of leading the Boks at the World Cup. If he is ruled out of that tournament, Victor Matfield will assume the captaincy and Bismarck du Plessis will start at hooker.

De Villiers did confirm that Smit, Danie Rossouw and Frans Steyn all sustained injuries in Saturday’s Test.