Super Rugby
Waratahs face up to Waugh injury
ESPNscrum Staff
February 27, 2011
Waratahs skipper Phil Waugh on the charge, Rebels v Waratahs, AAMI Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2011
Phil Waugh could be facing a long lay-off © Getty Images

The Waratahs are facing up to losing skipper Phil Waugh for next weekend's Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders and beyond after the former Wallaby picked up a bicep injury in Saturday's win over the Reds.

The experienced flanker failed to return after half-time in his side's resounding 30-6 win in Sydney after suffering a knock, with early press reports suggesting that he could be out for up to three months with a ruptured biceps tendon.

''When Phil comes up to you and says, 'I'm in trouble,' you know he's in trouble,'' Tahs coach Chris Hickey told The Sydney Morning Herald. ''You have to feel sorry for him because his form in the first two rounds was terrific, while this injury is a blow to his hopes of making the Wallabies' World Cup squad.

''However, if Phil can recover relatively quickly, he could be back for at least the final month of Super Rugby. Hopefully, we can make the finals, and he can be a part of that.''

Waugh was not the only casualty to come out of the clash, with Man of the Match Tatafu Polota-Nau to undergo scans on his shoulder. Fly-half Berrick Barnes will also be monitored throughout the week after leaving the field with a heavy concussion in the 55th minute of the 30-6 triumph.

"Tatafu has just got an AC joint irritation, but we'll probably need to get a scan on it just to make sure it's nothing too much more than that," Hickey said. "I guess when you play a physical game like that you're always going to come off with a few injuries and we'll assess them. We've talked about the depth in our squad and we've got great confidence in the players that can be called on if required."

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