Jason Woodward and Laurie Weeks have both been ruled out of the Melbourne Rebels upcoming clash with the Waratahs on Friday at the Sydney Football Stadium due to injuries suffered in the game against the Crusaders in round 5.
Woodward injured his knee after being crunched at the bottom of a tackle, while Weeks suffered a knock to the head, resulting in a concussion. Both players were substituted after their respective injuries occurred, and neither player trained on Wednesday.
It is expected that utility back Angus Roberts will start at fullback in Woodwards place, with Tom Kingston or new Japanese recruit Male Sau to start on the bench. Paul Alo-Emile is the likely replacement for Weeks at tighthead prop, with Cruze Ah-Nau to be elevated to the replacements on the sideline.
The game against the Waratahs this week has been built up as in important clash for the Rebels, who hope to get their season back on track after slumping to last place in the Australian conference. After an impressive opening game in round 3, the team has been dealt two dissapointing losses in a row.
But trying to get past arguably the best team in Australia right now is going to be a hefty task for Tony McGahan, and these injuries will not help him in any way.