Carter blow to Brumbies, Wallabies
Canberra - Wallabies backrower Sam Carter will be sidelined for up to three
months after injuring his knee while playing Super Rugby for the Brumbies.
Scans, taken on Saturday, showed that Carter had suffered a torn medial ligament, an injury that takes 12 weeks to clear.
The second row will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season as well as Australia's pre-Rugby World Cup matches.
who started 11 Tests for Australia last year, required lengthy
treatment on the pitch at Canberra Stadium on Friday night after
twisting the joint in the 22-16 victory over the Bulls, which kept the
Brumbies in the playoff hunt.
Carter tried to run off the injury
but was unable to move freely because of the strain, and was ordered to
undergo tests on Saturday.
"Like any Test player, international
player, it's going to be a loss to your team," Brumbies coach Stephen
Larkham told reporters after the match.
"He had a bit of a spell out of the game but I thought the last couple of weeks he's really played exceptionally well.
"But I think we're lucky we've got good experience in the second row with Blake Enever and Rory Arnold.
"I think those guys have gained enough experience throughout the year to be able to fill the shoes that Carts leaves."
emergence of towering lock Arnold has been a major boost to the
Brumbies this year and a Wallabies call-up for the Rugby Championship
would not be out of the question.
Lock forward is a department
where Australia coach Michael Cheika does not have the resources he has
in other areas of his squad.
The Brumbies head to Perth to play
Western Force in their penultimate match next weekend before rounding
out the regular season at home to the Crusaders.