Brumbies lose Kuridrani for two months of rugby

The Brumbies will have to contest the next two months of Super Rugby without outside centre as Tevita Kuridrani has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Scans have revealed that Kuridrani damaged his AC joint in the Brumbies 28-13 loss to the Waratahs in Sydney on Sunday.

The newly-re-signed Wallabies back will however be able to avoid surgery and make an earlier than expected return if his rehabilitation goes according to plan.

The Brumbies will most likely field James Dargaville, Henry Speight or Nigel Ah Wong in the centre position while Kuridrani is on the sidelines.

While the injury is a major blow for the Brumbies it only their second major injury of the season with David Pocock being the first although he has already recovered.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has been fortunate enough to be able to name unchanged teams in recent weeks but Kuridrani’s injury will mean that the coach will have to make the first change to the starting back line this year next weekend.

“Depending on how he gets through, he’s likely to be out for two months,” Larkham told the Canberra Times.

“We’ve got a number of options there. There’s Dargaville, Henry has played a bit of No.13, Nigel Ah Wong is coming off injury, Jesse Mogg is back and Lausii Taliauli as well as Rod Iona.”

Lock Rory Arnold and scrumhalf Nic White both had to leave the field in the Waratahs match but as the Brumbies have a bye this week they are both expected to return against the Cheetahs.

As the Brumbies were beaten on the weekend the major positive for the Canberra side was the successful return of David Pocock from an ankle injury although he admits that he does not know when he will het a start.

“I felt pretty good, I got 35 minutes. I’ve done a fair bit of work in the last few weeks,” Pocock said.

“Ita (Vaea) and JB (Jarrad Butler) have been outstanding, if I was the coach I wouldn’t have dropped either of them. Coming off the bench was something different.”

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore admitted that the Waratahs deserved to win the Australian derby in Sydney.

“We were pretty desperate to win (against the Waratahs),” Moore said.

“I guess if we had’ve won it would have put a bit of a gap on the conference … we knew they would play with desperation.

“It shows us where we are at the moment. But we still did a lot of good things, the season has ups and downs. We just have to make sure we bounce back and we need to make sure we do that next game.”

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