The Queensland Reds, embarrassed 47-3 in their season-opening clash with the Brumbies, have been dealt a blow ahead of their first home fixture of 2015 with a knee injury reportedly set to rule veteran lock Ed O’Donoghue out for six weeks.
The 32-year-old came off the bench to make his 48th Super Rugby appearance last Friday (on top of eight other appearances for his state) but was slated to start in the second-row alongside James Horwill in Round 2 – until going down injured at training on Wednesday.
Born in Wimbeldon but brought up in Brisbane, O’Donoghue had stints with Agen, Northampton and Worcester before returning home and debuting for the Reds in 2007. He went overseas again at the end of 2008, playing for Ulster, Leinster and London Wasps, while also representing the Irish Wolfhounds – effectively Ireland B – in 2009-10.
The 198cm lock began his second stint with the Reds in 2013. O’Donoghue was controversially red-carded for allegedly eye-gouging Wallabies loose forward Scott Higginbotham in the Reds’ loss to the Rebels last season, before being cleared by the SANZAR judiciary.