Exeter’s Thomas Waldrom will miss the Premiership Final against Saracens after picking up an injury, that will keep him out for three months.
The New Zealand-born loose forward damaged his knee ligaments late in the second-half of last week’s 34-23 semi-final victory over Wasps.
This will be Exeter’s first Premiership Final as they face the recently crowned European Champions Cup winners at Twickenham.
South African-born Exeter back-row Don Armand confirmed that they are all disappointed at the news of Waldrom’s injury.
“It’s really horrible for someone like ‘Tank’ especially, who puts so much time and emotion into the team and you can see that by the way he plays,” Armand told the Belfast Telegraph.
“We’re definitely going to miss him. He’s been really upset this week and that just shows what the team means to him. There are definitely boys playing for him, as extra emotion and motivation.”
Armand admitted that the emotion is high, given that this is their maiden Premiership final and with Waldrom missing out on selection.
“There are plenty of motivations already of course, but that certainly adds to it, and it’s quite high up on the priorities,” he said.
“No one wants to miss the big occasion, that’s what everyone works towards. But that’s just rugby unfortunately, that’s just how the game works.”