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Injury not so rosey for Valentine

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When it rains, it pours! That must be what the Waratahs management were thinking when their in form scrum-half Josh Valentine was ruled out of the team’s Super 14 clash with the Highlanders at Aussie Stadium on Saturday.

Valentine joins Australia centre and Waratahs team-mate Morgan Turinui on the sidelines after injurying a medial ligament in his knee during his man-of-the-match performance in last week’s win over the Reds.

Despite passing an elementary fitness test on Tuesday, the Test number nine has been ruled out of this weekend’s Round Twelve match.

With fellow Test half Brett Sheehan also sidelined with a rib injury, Josh Holmes is set to make his debut Super 14 start at half-back with either utility back Daniel Halangahu or academy scrum-half Nathan Sievert on the bench as cover.

Waratahs head coach Ewen McKenzie admitted that even among the mountainous injury toll this year, the loss of the first and second choice scrumhalf left the squad with a difficult assignment this weekend.

“As tests go they don’t come much bigger than having two Wallaby scrum-halves out injured,” McKenzie said.

“Josh (Valentine) had been responding well to treatment but he won’t make it in time.

“He was always a slim chance at best which is a shame given the quality of his performance last week.”

After losing Turinui to a knee injury for the rest of the season, the loss of Valentine is huge blow for the Waratahs, while the news doesn’t get any better with lock Ben Hand also in doubt after suffering a back injury in training this week.

He will be monitored in coming days with the squad to be announced on Thursday.

 

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