Hurricanes scrum-half TJ Perenara’s successful season came to an end when he fractured his ankle in Friday’s win over the Reds
The 20-year-old is now expected to be out of action for four to six months, depending on his recovery.
The injury happened in the 78th minute of the match when the half-back landed awkwardly in a tackle while scoring a try.
Perenara had x-rays following the warm-up encounter which revealed the fractured left ankle. He is undergoing surgery in Brisbane on Saturday and will return home at the end of the week.
“It is devastating for TJ to have suffered this serious injury when he has been in such good form for the Hurricanes this season,” said Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett.
“But TJ is a focussed and dedicated player so we know he will work hard in his recovery to come back better and stronger.”
Chris Eaton and Frae Wilson will now be the Hurricanes halfbacks for the remainder of the season.
“And like TJ took his opportunity this season when we lost Chris Smylie through injury, it’s a chance for Chris and Frae to now step up,” added Hammett.
Eaton has 25 caps for the Hurricanes including 11 this season and two tries in 2012. Eaton started Friday’s match against Queensland and crossed the line for a third time in three consecutive games.
Frae Wilson is yet to debut for the Hurricanes.