Reinach ruled out for rest of season in blow for Montpellier

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Montpellier's World Cup winning South African scrum-half Cobus Reinach will play no further part in the club's bid for domestic and European success this season due to a shoulder injury (AFP/Sylvain THOMAS) (Sylvain THOMAS)

South African World Cup winner Cobus Reinach will not play again this season due to a shoulder injury, dealing a blow to his Top 14 club Montpellier's hopes of a European Champions Cup and domestic double.

The 32-year-old scrum-half suffered the injury a fortnight ago in the 40-26 Champions Cup last 16 first leg win over English champions Harlequins.

"Cobus will undergo an operation on his shoulder on Wednesday in South Africa," said Montpellier head coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

"His season is over."

The 12-times capped Reinach has been a key player this season, scoring seven tries in 14 league matches, and last month extended his contract with Montpellier for two years to 2025.

Reinach joined the French club in 2020 from Northampton and quickly established himself as the starting scrum-half in Saint-Andre's team ahead of Benoit Paillaugue and Georgian Gela Aprasidze.

Montpellier remain top of the Top 14 despite losing to Bordeaux-Begles on Sunday and face an all French Champions Cup quarter-final with last season's beaten finalists La Rochelle on May 7.

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