Saracens: Schalk Brits out until 'well into new year'

Schalk Brits
Brits has made more than 100 Premiership appearances for Saracens

Saracens hooker Schalk Brits will have knee ligament surgery and is not expected to be fit until "well into the new year".

Saracens' head of medicine Joe Collins confirmed the South African would have surgery on Tuesday.

Brits has been with Premiership side Saracens since 2009.

The former Western Province and Golden Lions prop made his international debut in 2008 and has played seven times for his country.