Scrumhalf Will Genia is sidelined with a knee injury and could miss Australia’s Test season opener against Fiji on 5 June.
The Reds captain played out the Super 14 season with a knee injury but will now enjoy a break to ensure no further damage is done. Genia will be out for three weeks with a grade 1-2 medial ligament strain, but is still hoping to feature in the match against the Fijians.
‘Physically, I’ll be right [for Fiji],’ he said. ‘I’m disappointed but I’m very happy that it’s not too long.’
Genia’s Reds team-mate Scott Higginbotham is not so lucky. After enjoying a great season for the Reds, the flanker suffered an ankle sprain in the last match against the Highlanders and will be out for six to eight weeks. Judging by his form, Higginbotham was a contender for the Wallabies’ No 6 position.