Cruel blow for Kings

Hooker Hannes Franklin will miss the majority of the Southern Kings’ inaugural Super Rugby season due to a knee injury.

Franklin underwent knee surgery on Thursday, and while the procedure was believed to be a success, he will still be sidelined for four to six months.

Franklin tore his medial collateral ligament during a training session last week. According to the Kings management, the hooker will be in a leg brace for the next six to eight weeks before starting his rehabilitation.