Former Springbok and Bulls hooker Gary Botha broke his leg during Toulouse’s French Top 14 win over Montpellier on Friday.
The 30-year-old was stretchered off in the eighth minute of the defemding champions’ 45-25 win after he collapsed awkwardly in a tackle. Botha is set to be sidelined for up to four months, which will only see him return midway through the second half of Toulouse’s domestic campaign.
This will be a disappointing for Botha, who has held the first-choice hooker spot in recent weeks ahead of French team-mate William Servat. He will now join fellow Saffa front rowers Gurthro Steenkamp and Daan Human on the sidelines.
Botha made the move to France after the Bulls’ 2011 Currie Cup campaign.