Force lock to undergo shoulder surgery



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Emirates Western Force lock Tom Hockings will undergo surgery on his injured right shoulder tonight.

The Bowen-born lock was a revelation for the WA side this season, seizing his opportunity and cementing a place in the starting XV after he was called on as a last minute-replacement for captain Nathan Sharpe in the season-opening clash with the Sharks in Durban.

Starting all but the final three matches of the team’s 2008 Super 14 campaign, the 22 year old was rubbed out of representative calculations when he succumbed to nerve damage in his right shoulder.

Emirates Western Force team doctor Peter Steele said subsequent examination of the injured shoulder revealed existing ligament damage which required surgical repair.

‘Tom was carrying some labour-related ligament damage in the shoulder but unfortunately we couldn’t have it operated while he was recovering from the nerve injury,’ said Steele.

‘He’ll have a labour repair procedure tonight and will be in rehabilitation mode for up to four months.’ he said.

Hockings will be unavailable for the team’s month-long tour of the UK in August and is expected to rejoin the squad for 2009 pre-season training in October.

In other team news, rookie Emirates Western Force winger Dane Haylett-Petty has arrived on the representative scene in emphatic fashion over the weekend, crossing for four tries in Australia’s gallant 81-12 victory over Canada at the iRB Junior World Championships in Wales.

Haylett-Petty, a product of the Hale School in Perth, became only the second WA junior to represent the Emirates Western Force after making his debut against the Chiefs in the Week 12 clash at Subiaco Oval.

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