The Brumbies suffered a blow when wing Lausii Taliauli sustained a knee injury in their win over the Australian Barbarians in Canberra on Saturday.
Taliauli was forced off the field in the 30th minute of the Brumbies’ 59-0 triumph with suspected Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) damage. He will undergo scans next week and if he did tear his ACL he could spend up to nine months on the sidelines.
The injury is a massive setback for the 23-year-old who was on course to earn a place in the Brumbies’ starting line-up this year and Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham believes it will have an impact on his side.
“It will hit the whole squad because Lausii is a key member and everyone respects what he can do,” Larkham told the Canberra Times.
“He’s put himself in really good physical condition and it’s very disappointing for him to be able to work so hard into this position and potentially lose it all [for this year].”
The Brumbies wing stocks will be boosted this week when Nigel Ah Wong returns to their ranks after a playing stint in Japan.