Western Force skipper David Pocock and Melbourne Rebels full-back Kurtley Beale will play no further part in the 2012 Super Rugby season
Pocock has been left out of the 24-man Force squad to travel to New Zealand to face the Blues and Crusaders due to a groin injury while Beale will not join the Rebels in South Africa for matches with the Lions and Stormers because of a rib injury.
The Rebels medical staff confirmed on Tuesday that Beale has a fractured rib which will keep him sidelined for up to six weeks.
The Wallaby playmaker is now in a race to be fit for the opening Test of the inaugural Rugby Championship against the All Blacks in Sydney on August 18.
‘‘Kurtley sustained a chest injury in the recent Wallabies Test against Wales which appeared to settle quickly, however on Friday night it was exacerbated in our match against the Reds. Further investigation revealed a rib fracture,’’ said Rebels coach Damien Hill.
Pocock injured his groin in the Force’s loss to the Brumbies in Perth last Saturday but only needs a few weeks to recover.
Nathan Sharpe will lead the squad in Force Pocock’s absence.