The Hurricanes' hopes of reaching the Super Rugby playoffs have been dealt a huge blow with Mark Hammett confirming that halfback TJ Perenara is out for the remainder of the season with a broken ankle.
Perenara broke his ankle in the Hurricanes' 36-7 win over the Reds in a friendly game on the Sunshine Coast last night and the Hurricanes coach says it's likely to be the end of the talented No 9's year in terms of playing rugby.
"He had surgery last night and is likely to be out for four to six months," Hammett said from Australia.
"That's the very early indications, but it's what we were given this morning."
Hammett said the incident occured towards the end of the game, which was a convincing win for his side.
"It happened in the last couple of minutes," he said.
"He was scoring a try in the corner and just fell awkwardly with one of the opposition falling on his ankle.
"It is quite a major injury and obviously TJ was in quite a lot of pain."
The injury means that Chris Eaton will take over the No 9 jersey for the Hurricanes' two remaining regular season Super Rugby games, against the Crusaders and the Chiefs.
Hammett is optimistic about the team's run in and having the chance to make amends for disappointing performances earlier in the season.
"For us it's exciting," he said.
"We've got the Crusaders down in Christchurch, then we've got a bye and finish at home on July 13 with the Chiefs.
"We're pretty buoyed to have two performances against New Zealand franchises that we didn't play how we'd like earlier in the season. So it's good to have two opportunities to prove our ability against them."
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