The injury will rule him out for an expected three months, which removes him from the already thin centre options for the Rugby Championship. Kuridrani joins Reds centre Samu Kerevi, who was voted Queensland’s best player this week, on the sidelines for the duration of the Wallabies campaign.
The 27-year-old centre has been a mainstay of the Wallabies backline but this year struggled with form with an underperforming Brumbies side. A late-season resurgence put Kuridrani firmly back in Wallabies contention after Kerevi’s injury, but will now undergo surgery on Tuesday.
Michael Chieka is now reviewing his options for the opening Bledisloe Test in Sydney on August 18th. Curtis Rona could be called on to fill the role, but with only 3-test caps on the wing, it will be a baptism of fire for the Waratahs utility back. Rebels Mr. Fixit Reece Hodge could also provide cover.
If those options aren’t suitable then Chieka may have to pick from the next generation of youngsters – with Queenslanders Izaia Perese, 21, and Jordan Petaia, 18, having played centre at Super Rugby or NRC level.
Chieka’s wider squad will be selected next week to begin Rugby Championship preparations in Sydney.
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