Naivalu sidelined with broken leg

Date published: June 2 2015

Melbourne Rebels utility back Sefanaia Naivalu has been ruled out of the remainder of the Super Rugby season due to a broken leg.

Naivalu fractured his tibia in last week's loss to the Sharks in Durban. Meanwhile, midfielder Tamati Ellison is currently undergoing further investigation into a groin injury suffered in South Africa.

The Rebels’ head of athletic performance Bryce Cavanagh explained that Naivalu is currently still in South Africa, while the club will continue to assess Ellison this week.

“Sefa wasn’t able to fly home with the team due to his broken leg, so he’ll spend a few extra days over there with a member of the Club’s on-field staff before returning home to begin his rehabilitation,” Cavanagh told the Melbourne Rebels' official website

“We’re currently investigating the extent of Tamati’s groin injury, and what affect that will have on his ability to play again in the next two weeks; we’re hopeful of having a clearer picture of where he’s at in the next 48 hours.”

The Rebels host the Bulls at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Saturday.