Larkham out for six weeks



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Brumbies flyhalf Stephen Larkham will be sidelined for between four and six weeks after an MRI scan revealed he has suffered a grade two tear on his left hamstring.

The star playmaker limped from the field in the twelfth minute of Sunday night’s 37-14 loss to the Waratahs at Aussie Stadium.

Larkham said that he would target the Brumbies final regular season match, against the Crusaders in Christchurch, to make his return.

“There is some hope that I’d be available to play in the final game of the regular season, but conservatively speaking it’s more likely that I’d be fit to return for the semi-final if we happen to qualify,” he said.

The injury will not disrupt the star flyhalf’s Wallabies campaign, with the first test against England to be played in Sydney on 11 June.

CA Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher said Larkham’s injury is a blow to the team.

“Losing Stephen for what could possibly be the remainder of the regular season is a big blow to us,” he said.

“He’s our primary play-caller and one of our most experienced players so obviously we can’t replace that.”

“Having said that it gives Gene Fairbanks a tremendous opportunity to gain some experience at flyhalf, where he has trained throughout the pre-season and the season proper,” said Fisher.

“He’s done some very positive things in the time he’s had on the field this season. He has never started at flyhalf at Super 14 level but he’s certainly up to the task and is looking forward to it.”

Larkham limped from the field in the 12th minute of Sunday night’s 37-14 loss to the Waratahs in Sydney.

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