Former South Africa schools star Sam Lane has been drafted into the Reds squad following yet another serious injury.
The Reds went into the 2012 season without the services of flyhalf Quade Cooper, who was recovering from a knee injury sustained at the 2011 World Cup. The Reds lost two more flyhalf options in Mike Harris and Ben Lucas when they played the Sharks two weeks ago, and another when Jono Lance broke his leg in last Saturday’s game against the Bulls.
This has prompted the Reds to sign Sam Lane, the son of former Wallabies centre Tim Lane, on a short-term contract. The 21-year-old flyhalf attended Bishops in South Africa and represented Western Province at the age group levels and in the Vodacom Cup.
He also trialled for the SA U20 side last year before seriously injuring his knee. Lane has since moved back to his home country, and before he received a call from Reds coach Ewen McKenzie, he was training at the ARU’s national academy.
It’s been confirmed that Lane will be considered for the Reds’ next fixture against the Force.
Aside from the mass losses in the flyhalf position, Reds hooker Saia Faingaa will also be unavailable after sustaining an injury in the heavy defeat to the Bulls.