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Mackay out of coma

According to a team spokesman Brumbies forward Shawn Mackay is coming out of his coma and spinal surgery went well.

The 26-year-old forward was hit by a car outside a Durban nightclub on Sunday morning.

‘The team doctor has reported Shawn is coming out of the coma,’ team spokesman Nick Smith said in a statement. The surgery on his spine went as well as possible and his spine is now stable.

‘He has responded to simple questions through blinking his eyes. It’s still too early to expect much else at this stage and the ongoing process and any development is likely to be a slow process.’

Mortlock boost for Brumbies

Wallabies skipper Stirling Mortlock will return in a much-needed boost for a shaken Brumbies team against the Cheetahs on Saturday.

The Brumbies have endured a horror tour of South Africa, with the side failing to register a win in their first two matches of a three-leg tour.

Far worse, the side has also been waiting anxiously the learn the full extent of injuries to teammate Shawn Mackay who remains in a critical condition in a Durban hospital after being hit by a car in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 26-year-old suffered a cervical spinal fracture and dislocation, a fractured skull as well as a broken leg and multiple facial fractures and lacerations in the incident.

Mortlock, who was ruled out of the Sharks match having corked both his thighs in the loss to the Lions in Johannesburg, will again play in his preferred role of outside centre and resume his midfield partnership with Tyrone Smith.

Gene Fairbanks, who ran on at inside centre in the 35-14 loss to the Sharks, returns to the bench.

Brumbies – 15 Mark Gerrard, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Stirling Mortlock, 12 Tyrone Smith, 11 Clyde Rathbone, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Joshua Holmes, 8 Julian Salvi, 7 George Smith (c), 6 Mitchell Chapman, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Guy Shepherdson, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
Subs: Huia Edmonds, Salesi Ma’afu, Sitaleki Timani, Peter Kimlin, Patrick Phibbs, Gene Fairbanks, Alfi Mafi, Francis Fainifo (one to be omitted).

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