Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara has been ruled out for the rest of the season after he fractured his ankle in yesterday's 7-36 victory over the Reds at the Sunshine Coast's Stockland Stadium.
The 20 year-old from Titahi Bay is expected to be out of the game for 4-6 months, depending on his recovery.
The injury happened in the 78th minute of the match when the halfback landed awkwardly in a tackle while scoring a try.
Perenara had x-rays following the match which revealed the fractured left ankle. He is undergoing surgery in Brisbane today and will return home at the end of the week.
Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett said, "It is devastating for TJ to have suffered this serious injury when he has been in such good form for the Hurricanes this season."
"But TJ is a focussed and dedicated player so we know he will work hard in his recovery to come back better and stronger," added Hammett.
Chris Eaton and Frae Wilson will now be the Hurricanes halfbacks for the remainder of the season.
"And like TJ took his opportunity this season when we lost Chris Smylie through injury, it's a chance for Chris and Frae to now step up," he added.
Eaton has 25 caps for the Hurricanes including 11 this season and 2 tries in 2012. Eaton started last night's match and crossed the line for a third time in three consecutive games.
Frae Wilson is yet to debut for the Hurricane