Connacht Loosehead prop Brett Wilkinson has been forced into retirement due to a serious neck injury sustained in the last game he played for the club.
The 30-year-old South African has been with Connacht since 2006 and has played 183 times for the province.
Former All Blacks great John Kirwan has been appointed as Blues coach in Auckland replacing Pat Lam for the next two Super Rugby seasons.
The Blues franchise heaped even more pressure on embattled coach Pat Lam by revealing that they are going to put his job up to tender.
In a statement on Wednesday the franchise said the position of Blues head coach for 2013 will be advertised.
Three things struck me about yesterday’s game – The Stormers didn’t succumb to the Blues mind games, the tight five finally seemed to strike a chord, and the manners of the Newlands crowd are despicable.
Shortly after the final whistle in the Bulls’ 29-23 loss to the Blues on Saturday night, Johannes Gideon Nel dodged security and threw a plastic bottle at the players, the Pretoria franchise said in a statement.
Nel struck Blues captain Keven Mealamu.