The Bulls and Springboks star will miss six to eight weeks of Super Rugby.
The Lions captain returns after missing seven weeks having sustained a pectoralis major muscle tear in the match against the Stormers in Cape Town.
Branco du Preez has played in more matches for South Africa's Sevens team than any other player, but the Blitzboks playmaker experienced a completely new feeling in winning the HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens on Sunday.
South Africa produced a remarkable comeback to defeat Fiji in the HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens, overcoming a 19-0 halftime deficit to win the Cup final 20-19.
"I think sometimes we need to trust the players a little bit more," Springboks legend Naas Botha tells ESPN. "Certain guys, certain cultures, prefer the game-plan more than the player. I'm a kind of guy who prefers player to game-plan."
Rugby Australia is working on other options if the mooted world league doesn't go ahead, with a more meaningful Rugby Championship on the SANZAAR agenda.
It may not quite be a dirty word like "rotation" was during Mickey Arthur's stint as Australia cricket coach, but Rugby World Cup-aiding "rest weeks" are fast becoming a key factor in this year's Super Rugby competition.
The biggest year of his coaching career is still to play out, but Michael Cheika's pending replacement at Australia's helm is as much a talking point as the Wallabies' Rugby World Cup fortunes themselves.
SANZAAR made the right decision to drop the Sunwolves from Super Rugby and revert back to a 14-team competition, while the introduction of new trial 'laws' could see rugby move back towards traditional rucking, Craig Dowd writes.
The influential No. 8 limped off during the first half of the humiliating 56-20 home defeat by the Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, when there were fears he could be set for an extended spell on the sidelines.
SANZAAR have announced they will officially drop the Sunwolves from Super Rugby from 2021 in a statement on Friday.
Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has reiterated that South Africa Rugby will rigorously enforce World Rugby Regulation 9 from 2020 in a bid to soften the impact of the growing flood of top players plying their trade abroad.
Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus happy South Africa's Super Rugby players are grabbing 'Test match mould'
South Africa coach says "about 80 percent" of his Springboks squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan is "settled".
The veteran hooker has been eased into the side, after sustaining a calf injury, but he was superb in the Round 1 defeat of the Stormers and then was immense in the Bulls' 30-12 victory over the Lions at Emirates Airline Park on Saturday.
The Stormers claimed a narrow 16-11 victory over an ill-disciplined Sharks side on Saturday.
Flyhalf Handre Pollard kicked 20 points as the Bulls inflicted back-to-back defeats on the Lions on Saturday
Three big trans-Tasman clashes headline Round 3 of Super Rugby, including a double-header to get us started on Friday evening. Read on for all of this week's team lists.
Cheetahs centre Nico Lee will sit out 13 weeks of Pro 14 action after he was suspended for clearing "the contents of his nose" on Connacht's Colby Fainga'a during their clash last weekend.
In Super Rugby round two we see two trans-Tasman clashes as well as a New Zealand derby. Read for all of this week's team lists.
The Super Rugby season is once again upon us. Here, we analyse the South African conference, and ESPN columnist Greg Growden offers his thoughts on each of the five franchises.
SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos is uncertain about if and when World Rugby will roll out an annual World League.
Western Force flyhalf Peter Grant has been forced to retire because of a series of head injuries.
Bulls and South Africa lock R.G. Snyman has undergone ankle surgery and will miss the opening two months of of the season, his Super Rugby franchise has announced .
Cornal Hendricks, a former Cheetahs and Springboks winger, retired in 2015, on medical advice, after he discovered that he had a heart defect. He will step out for the Bulls vs. the Lions in Pretoria on Saturday.
The former Stormers, Toulouse and South Africa prop will assist the Bulls two days a week while continuing in a similar role for the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs in their Guinness PRO14 campaign.
- SA2ndTRIES SCORED 1st New Zealand : 33 Tries ScoredNZL1st2133
- SA2ndPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st New Zealand : 93 Points DifferenceNZL1st693