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Reds Brown out for 2-4 weeks

QR Queensland Reds centre Andrew Brown will miss at least two weeks of rugby after suffering a punctured lung while playing a vital role in the Investec Super 14 victory over the Hurricanes at Suncorp Stadium last night.

Brown’s courageous defence against All Black pairing Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith was a key factor in shutting down the dangerous Hurricanes attack as the Reds pack laid the groundwork for a 25-16 victory. Brown suffered the painful injury when caught at the bottom of a ruck and was replaced by Charlie Fetoai in his Super 14 debut for Queensland.

Head Coach Eddie Jones was proud of the job done by Fetoai and Brown, who is only slightly less wet behind the ears than his 20 year old replacement.

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“He’s (Brown) played just three games of Super 14 – against the Hurricanes, Highlanders and Hurricanes again – and he’s always done the job for us. His injury means he’ll be out for a minimum of two weeks and hopefully less than four. We’ll be disappointed to lose him.

“But this opens up an opportunity for Charlie and for Lloyd Johansson – who becomes eligible for selection again this week – to make the starting side for Saturday’s match against the Crusaders.”

Johansson and rookie flyhalf Quade Cooper were ruled out of contention for the Hurricanes match last week as a disciplinary measure after arriving late for training. They both come back into contention for the Crusaders game.

“Charlie has put on 5-6 kilos since joining us and he’s only played four games of rugby union since returning from rugby league, so he’s only going to get better.”

Jones said there were no other injuries from last night’s match.

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