James Horwill
James Horwill

Horwill set back by injury

THE prognosis for Wallabies and Queensland Reds captain James Horwill has worsened following some extremely disappointing scan results.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said on Monday he thought Horwill would miss only next month's four home Tests against Scotland and Wales because the lock's torn hamstring was not as bad as first thought.

The 26-year-old damaged his right hamstring in the Reds' 13-12 win over the Brumbies in Canberra last Saturday night and it was initially thought it would not be long before he was back playing.

It seems that is not case. Horwill, who has played 35 Tests in the green and gold, does not know when he will be back. In fact, no one does.

Wallabies' officials say the injury is something of a mystery and the full extent of the problem will not be known until Horwill has visited a specialist.

He said the scan results did not reveal the best of news.

"It's not good news at all - it's worse than what we were hoping," he said. "There's a couple of guys (specialists) here in Australia and we're also trying to get some advice from people around the world about what the best course of action is - we have got to get it fixed right.

"Surgery could be an option, but I just don't know at this stage."

Horwill said having a hamstring injury was a new experience for him - he had never had done one as he was too slow.

The news for Wallabies utility back Kurtley Beale yesterday was much better.

The Melbourne Rebels star had surgery on his left shoulder on Monday after he hurt it during his team's loss to the Hurricanes.

The Rebels issued a statement saying Beale had surgery to clean out floating cartilage from his left shoulder joint.

Wallabies officials said yesterday that Beale had pulled up well and would be back sooner rather than later.

Beale is expected to join the national squad after next Tuesday's Test against Scotland while he continues his rehabilitation.

In other news, former Wallaby stars George Gregan, Richard Harry, Brendan Moon, Tony Shaw, Lloyd McDermott, Dick Tooth and Max Howell were unveiled yesterday as the Wallabies Statesmen for the year.