Super Rugby
Brumbies lose Moore for six weeks
ESPNscrum Staff
March 21, 2011
Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore carries the ball forward, Brumbies v Reds, Super Rugby, Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia, March 5, 2011
Stephen Moore has been ruled out for six weeks © Getty Images

Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore has been ruled out for six weeks with an ankle problem, joining Rocky Elsom, Stephen Hoiles and Mitchell Chapman on the sidelines at the struggling franchise.

The Wallabies No.2 was forced off during the Brumbies' heavy loss to the Crusaders in Nelson in round four, with initial reports suggesting that he had suffered an ankle sprain.

Further investigation revealed 'high ankle syndesmosis', a sprain of ligaments above the ankle joint, however, and Moore will now be forced to wear a moon boot in the coming weeks to aid his recovery.

The Brumbies face the Waratahs this weekend, with their New South Wales rivals also smarting after a surprise loss to the Cheetahs last time out.

The Tahs will be without Wallabies loose-head Benn Robinson due to a rib injury although coach Chris Hickey expects to make a decision on the availability of hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and skipper Phil Waugh later in the week.

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