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Reds rocked by injury – Centre Anthony Faingaa and fullback Ben Lucas could miss the rest of the Reds’ campaign after picking up serious injuries in the loss to the Brumbies.
Faingaa suffered a grade-two hamstring tear and will be out for at least a month, while Lucas damaged his medial cruciate ligament and will be sidelined for three to four weeks. These injuries will force a reshuffle in the Reds’ backline, and coach Ewen McKenzie is especially worried about the midfield given that centre Mike Harris is still not ready to come back.
To make matters worse, wing Digby Ioane will miss the game against the Force, and possibly the final league game against the Chiefs, after being knocked out by Brumbies No 8 Isa Vaea in last Saturday’s match.
Tahs face front-row crisis - Injuries to Benn Robinson and Paddy Ryan could force the Waratahs to search Sydney’s club scene for a replacement prop.
Robinson has been ruled out of this week’s match against the Highlanders, while Ryan is doubtful to feature. The Tahs are likely to turn to academy player Jeremy Tilse, but still may be short a front-ranker. According to reports Down Under, another academy player in Scott Sio is being mentioned as a replacement.
The Tahs’ lengthy injury list also includes Ben Mowen (ankle) and Lachie Turner (hamstring), who both picked up niggles in Friday’s battle with the Bulls. Kane Douglas will miss the rest of the league stage after being suspended for a dangerous tackle on Wynand Olivier.
Chisholm crocked – Mark Chisholm has sustained a season-ending injury and will not be available for the Brumbies or Australia for the rest of the 2011 season.
Chisholm ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in last Saturday’s win against the Reds, an injury that ends his involvement with the Brumbies and Wallabies. The severity of the injury means he will miss the World Cup in September, and having already signed for French club Bayonne he has effectively played his last game of Super Rugby for the Brumbies.
Cipriani suspension lifted – Danny Cipriani will be available for selection this weekend after the Rebels lifted his suspension.
‘Following detailed consultation between Danny Cipriani, his management, RUPA (Rugby Union Players Association) and the Rebels, it was resolved that Danny’s current suspension will be lifted,’ the team said in a statement.
After stealing a bottle of vodka from a Melbourne nightclub, Cipriani was fined A$5 000 and later suspended by the Rebels when he breached team protocol on multiple occasions.