Wallabies suffer Higginbotham injury blow

The Rebels captain and back-rower will undergo a shoulder reconstruction and miss the rest of the season.

It comes as a huge blow for the Aussies, who only two days ago learned they would also be without lock Sitaleki Timani. Higginbotham was a doubt at the time, and was sent back to his club for scans on a suspected dislocated shoulder. The scans have no confirmed the bad news, ruling one of the form players in not only Australia but the entire Super Rugby tournament out of the Lions tour.

Robbie Deans said at the time of injury, Higginbotham popped his shoulder straight back in before taking himself immediately from the pitch. The Australian medical staff then waited until Monday to take scans of the injury in order to give the inflammation time to die down, but the results have come back with bad news.

They revealed that Higginbotham has suffered serious ligament damage and will need a full reconstruction. He returns to Melbourne to have surgery and is not expected back out on the park until the start of next year’s Super Rugby season.

2 thoughts on “Wallabies suffer Higginbotham injury blow

  1. a big loss for the wallabies. so too is timani. those two of probably the most physical and abrasive forwards that the wallabies have (would possibly put horwill up there too). a big loss, as they will need as much physicality as they can muster in the pack.

    i have not been too keen on dave dennis, so it will be interesting to see who gets the nod at 6. Assuming that Palu plays 8, we could see 2 7s in the backrow. Gill and Hooper. I dont know the situation on Smith’s injury yet, but if he is fit in time for the tests, then i would probably go with him at 6.

    i notice that beale has unofficially joined up with the squad. he has been training with them instead of the rebels. so i guess we can all tick one name off of the 6 that deans has to add.

    1. The Wallabies don’t have many players like Higginbotham to call upon. I am a big fan of his, he is their main ball carrier in the back row. I think it is likely to be Dennis at 6, he is a decent player, does a lot of the dirty work but certainly doesn’t offer the ball carrying that Higginbotham does.

      Interesting with Beale as well. It looks as though he will get the chance to play. Maybe at 15 over Folau? Or as a bench option to begin? Either way, dangerous player.

      Does anyone know when this next batch of players will be named by Deans? Looking forward to seeing if Cooper gets picked.

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