Brumbies suffer Auelua Super Rugby blow

Super Rugby finalists the Brumbies have suffered a blow for their Super Rugby season as scans have confirmed that back-row enforcer Fotu Auelua will miss the first eight weeks of Super rugby.

Auelua suffered a medial ligament rupture in the second half of the Brumbies Super Rugby warm up match against an ACT XV team when he was tackled on the side of a ruck.

The loose forward is expected to be out of action for 10-12 weeks and has set himself the goal of being fit to face the Chiefs on the 25th of April in what will be a Super Rugby final rematch.

“It was just one of those things. It could have happened at any time of the season so I guess I’m just lucky that I will still have an opportunity to compete in 2014,” Auelua said in a statement.

Auelua joined the Brumbies for the 2012 Super Rugby season under Jake White and has quickly earned the respect of his fellow players and coaches and was also named part of the Brumbies 2014 leadership group.

The No.8 and blinside flanker had only just completed his rehabilitation having had shoulder surgery during the off-season.

“The team here are very tightknit and I know I can count on them to get me through this tough patch,” he told TVNZ.

The injury blow will test the Brumbies depth in the back row after the departures of George Smith, Peter Kimlin and Colby Fainga’a last season.

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