Reds suffer a setback as Wallaby ruled out with broken arm

David Skippers
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Reds number eight Harry Wilson in action against the Rebels.

The Reds were dealt a blow after Wallabies number eight Harry Wilson underwent surgery on a broken arm sustained in Saturday’s clash with the Rebels in Brisbane.

Wilson, who was back to his best form for the Brisbane-based outfit and aiming for an international recall after last playing for the Wallabies in 2022, broke his arm in the Reds’ 26-22 victory over the Rebels on Saturday.

Had successful surgery

The Reds issued a statement on Monday which said the 24-year-old had “successfully undergone surgery on the broken right arm he sustained against the Melbourne Rebels last Friday night at Suncorp Stadium.

“Wilson had surgery on Saturday and it is estimated the recovery period will be eight weeks,” the statement said.

Wilson has been in fine form for the Queenslanders and his back-row combination with flankers Fraser McReight and Liam Wright has been one of their main strengths during their 2024 Super Rugby Pacific campaign.

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The Reds are currently in fifth position on the Super Rugby Pacific table with 31 points amassed from 11 matches played. This weekend they travel to Suva where they will take on the eighth-placed Fijian Drua, who are always difficult to beat on home soil.

“We’re not getting lost in the ladder… but we’ve put a bit of a gap on the others now,” Reds head coach Les Kiss told AAP.

“Keep winning and the pressure comes on other people and there’s some big games for everyone.”

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The Wallabies are set to face Wales in a two-Test series in Sydney and Melbourne on July 6 and 13 respectively before taking on Georgia – also in Sydney – on July 20.

Despite being ruled out for the rest of the Super Rugby Pacific season, Wilson has been one of the best number eights in the competition and he will be hoping his form is good enough to earn a call up to new Wallabies head coach Joe Schmidt’s squad for the mid-year internationals.

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