Kerevi's Bledisloe chances dashed by injury

Mon, Jul 2, 2018, 7:30 AM
Sam Phillips
by Sam Phillips
Samu Kerevi's season is all but over. Photo: Walmsley
Samu Kerevi's season is all but over. Photo: Walmsley

Samu Kerevi's Super Rugby season is over, and the centre will miss the opening half of the Rugby Championship, aftersurgery  on Monday to repair a ruptured biceps.

The star Wallabies and Reds centre is understood to have suffered the injury during the June Test window, complaining of some added discomfort after the Reds' loss to the Blues in Auckland.

He was subsequently sent for scans on Sunday where the severity of the injury was revealed.Kerevi's season is over. Photo: WalmsleyHe will now be sidelined for 12 to 16 weeks, though it is hoped he will return for the South Africa and Argentina legs of the Wallabies' Rugby Championship campaign.

The 24-year-old looked to have finally secured his spot in the Wallabies starting XV outside Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale, having battled Tevita Kuridrani for incumbency at 13 since making his Test debut against England in June 2016.

The star centre took to Instagram to thank his supporters prior to surgery.

With Chris Feauai-Sautia's season and Izaia Perese also sidelined for the remainder of the season through knee injuries, which player Reds coach Brad Thorn calls upon to fill the sizeable hole left by Kerevi remains to be seen.

In the national frame Kuridrani may be in line for a recall despite not being named in the 23 throughout the June series.