Aussie latest – Burgess blow for Tahs

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Burgess blow for Tahs – Luke Burgess has broken his hand and won’t be available for the rest of the Waratahs’ campaign.

Burgess sustained the injury during a training session in Auckland on Tuesday. He will miss Friday’s play-off as well as a possible semi-final and final.

The Tahs will rely on Josh Holmes or Brendan McKibbin to fill the scrumhalf void, while Kurtley Beale is likely to play flyhalf.

The Tahs are already without Berrick Barnes, Drew Mitchell, Wycliff Palu, Sekope Kepu, Rob Horne, Ben Mowen, Pat McCutcheon and Damien Fitzpatrick, while Tatafu Polota-Nau, Al Baxter and Daniel Halangahu were injured in last week’s game and are also unavailable.

Waugh to retire - Waratahs flanker Phil Waugh has announced he will stop playing at the end of the 2011 season.

He does, however, still have ambitions of representing the Wallabies at the World Cup.

The 31-year-old, who has 79 caps for the Wallabies, said: ‘The timing is right for me to make the transition into business. It’s been my honour and my privilege to play at the Waratahs for 13 years.

‘I’ve been very humbled and very proud to have represented Australia over a decade, which has encompassed 79 Test matches, and I hope to increase on that number. It’s obviously a big year for rugby and I want to be a part of that World Cup squad.

Reds lose Slipper - Reds prop James Slipper has been ruled out of the semi-final with an ankle injury.

The blow was sustained against the Chiefs at the weekend and there is also doubt that he will recover in time for a potential final.