Highlanders wing Lucky Mulipola broke his arm the Super 14 opener in Brisbane, a hard-fought and unlucky 16-22 defeat to the Queensland Reds, and is likely to be out for the rest of the season.
Article courtesy Marc Hinton, www.rugbyheaven.co.nz.
Highlanders coach Glenn Moore has confirmed that Mulipola had suffered the serious injury early in the second half and that he was having surgery on the arm in Brisbane today.
He said he could not be sure at this stage how long Mulipola was likely to be out of action for, but did admit it would be a minimum of six to eight weeks and would almost certainly remove the speedy winger from the rest of the campaign.
Moore said a decision on a replacement would be made as soon as the Highlanders coaching staff had a full report on the extent of Mulipola’s injury and recovery time.
But the young Highlanders are certain to require a new winger and may need to be creative to fill the void left by Mulipola’s defection. Could they be tempted by sevens star Victor Vito, a flanker by trade but a converted wing in the abbreviated game who is drawing comparisons with Jonah Lomu?
Other sevens stars, such as Cantab Steve Yates who has just signed a deal to play in Japan, could also be worth a look.
Moore would not be drawn on prospects until the medical information on Mulipola was in and an accurate assessment could be made.Tweet