Berrick Barnes sidelined for six weeks
March 19, 2013
Berrick Barnes left the field early during the match against the Cheetahs © Getty Images
Australia playmaker Berrick Barnes faces six weeks on the sidelines with a dislocated thumb but will be fit to play against the British & Irish Lions.
Barnes suffered the injury during the Waratahs' Super Rugby defeat to the Cheetahs on Friday, after just returning to the side following a knee injury.
Barnes will have to undergo surgery on his thumb, which is a significant blow to the Waratahs who have already suffered three defeats in their opening four matches under new coach Michael Cheika.
However Barnes will have sufficient time to prove his form and fitness to Wallabies head coach Robbie Deans as he vies with the likes of Quade Cooper, James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale for a place in the starting line-up to face the Lions.
"The only thing that will stop this England team from becoming a great team is themselves. They need to ask themselves 'what can we be?'" The Phil Vickery column
The latest Monday Maul looks at the hectic final weekend, the Lions hangover, the superb Mike Brown and the 'selfie'
"At the crux of this England team is a lack of fear, they are not afraid to throw playbooks out of the window." Tom Hamilton reports from Twickenham
"These little deft touches, the nuances O'Driscoll has perfected are what Ireland will miss most." Tom Hamilton on Brian O'Driscoll's final Test in Dublin