Bismarck du Plessis will miss the Principality Building Society summer Test after undergoing surgery last week
South Africa hooker Bismarck du Plessis will miss the June Test with Wales after being ruled out for three months following an operation on his neck.
The Sharks star underwent neck surgery last Wednesday, his coach John Plumtree revealed after their Super 14 defeat to the Bulls on Saturday.
The 25-year-old will miss Tests against Wales, France and Italy as well as South Africa's Tri-Nations away games.
The World Cup winners are to play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, 5 June in partnership with Wales' largest building society, Principality, which is itself celebrating 150 years at the heart of the nation.
The deal provides a significant boost to Welsh rugby and allows Principality Building Society the naming rights to the match, which serves as a mouth-watering appetizer to Wales' two-match summer tour of New Zealand a week later, and will provide a raft of other benefits and offers to its 500,000-plus members.
Through a range of promotions running alongside the partnership, the Society's members will have the opportunity to not only win tickets to the game, but also meet the Wales team, visit training sessions and even present the Prince William Cup to the winning side on match-day.
The Principality Building Society already has a long association with the WRU, having sponsored the Welsh Premiership since 2005 and previously the WRU's main knock-out cup competition from 2001 to 2003.
Formed in 1860, the Welsh building society is 21 years older than the WRU and is as much a part of the fabric of Wales as the national game itself.
The WRU has already sold in excess of 40,000 tickets for the clash with the Springboks on what could be an historic day for head coach Warren Gatland and his men.
The Principality Building Society Summer Test celebrates the 10th anniversary of the only time Wales have beaten the Boks in 23 attempts, the 29-19 victory at the Millennium Stadium's inaugural match on 26 June, 1999 - (Wales have lost to South Africa 21 times since 1906, the seventh meeting between the two sides in 1970, at the national stadium in Cardiff, ended in a 6-6 draw).
Robin McBryde and son Billy are set to represent Wales on either side of the globe over the coming weeks with Robin travelling to New Zealand as Wales assistant coach and Billy competing at the World Rugby U20 Championship (Manchester, June 7-25). WRU TV caught up with the pair and captured a unique perspective into the factors that produce such a high-achieving rugby family.
The last five years have been an emotional rollercoaster on and off the pitch for RGC1404. Promotion to the Principality Premiership was the culmination of five years of hard work and investment in North Wales. WRU TV caught up with prop Joe Simpson, who was one of the first intake of WRU North Wales Academy players in 2010.
Ebbw Vale captain Damien Hudd picked up the biggest accolade of the night at the 11th Principality Premiership Awards Evening held at Principality Stadium, after leading his side to the title for the first time.
Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde is predicting a tough battle against England on Sunday despite the fact they may not be considered to be at full strength. Players will be out to impress Eddie Jones which makes England a dangerous proposition, he says.
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