Injured Braid studies options

BY SAM WORTHINGTON IN BRISBANE
Last updated 05:00 16/05/2009

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Daniel Braid's Queensland experience may not be over after all, with the ex-All Blacks flanker's contract with Llanelli terminated because of injury.

Braid signed on as the Reds' marquee overseas player this year but had his season cut short when he ruptured his Achilles tendon.

The Welsh club he was to join after the Super 14 decided to terminate his contract because he would not be fit in time for the start of their season in September.

It leaves former Blue, Braid, in career limbo, though he will have no shortage of suitors.

"They are a great bunch to play for at the Reds and there's also going back to New Zealand," Braid told Brisbane's Courier Mail newspaper yesterday.

While Brisbane's weather has come to the party, with 27 degrees celsius forecast ahead of tonight's final-round Hurricanes-Reds game, local interest is minimal.

Newspapers are full of fallout from the Matthew Johns sex scandal and last night's Broncos-Titans NRL derby at Suncorp Stadium.

While conditions normally favour home sides, Hurricanes coach Colin Cooper said the dry heat would help his dynamic ball-runners.

The Hurricanes were disappointed that they pushed too many passes in losing to the Chiefs last Saturday, while slippery conditions may also have played a part in first-five Willie Ripia making just one of five kicks.

"It'll suit us I think," Cooper said. "It's a bit different to last week, there won't be any rain or dew so it should be a good opportunity for us to play our game."

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