Rebels prop Laurie Weeks has avoided surgery after injuring his knee in Friday’s loss to the Hurricanes, but will be sidelined for six to eight weeks after scans confirmed a fracture of his left tibial plateau.
The news was bitter-sweet for the Melbourne-based franchise, who are pleased he had avoided a season-ending injury but also disappointed to lose the Wallaby for an extended period.
“We call Laurie ‘Mr Rebel’,” explained the Rebels' Head of Athletic Performance, Bryce Cavanagh.
“He is a wonderful, positive influence on the group, and his experience is invaluable; we’ll miss that on the field.
“In saying that, Laurie’s positive approach to his Rugby and to demanding the best from himself and the group will see him tackle his rehabilitation with a determined mindset, and we’re looking forward to welcoming him back to the group in the second half of the season.”
Meanwhile, winger Dom Shipperley continues his recovery after fracturing his hand against the Lions in Round Six ahead of a targeted late April return, while fellow outside back Tom Kingston was rested from the Dewar Shield club competition on the weekend after a minor ankle strain; he will be available for selection this week.
Steve Cummins, Jed Gillespie, Keita Inagaki, Sam Jeffries, Tim Metcher and Ben Whittaker all played in the Dewar Shield over the weekend and came through unscathed.