Force lose Charles for season
March 26, 2013
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Western Force hooker Nathan Charles will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season with a knee injury.
Charles ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Saturday night's 19-10 loss to the Cheetahs and is expected to be sidelined for nine months.
The 24-year-old, who is the only known professional rugby player with cystic fibrosis, had been in good form during the early rounds of the season and his absence is a big blow for the Force.
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