Alexander setback for Brumbies
Prop breaks finger in training
Last Updated: 11/01/10 12:44pm
Alexander: Broken finger
Australia prop Ben Alexander is set to miss the start of the Super 14 season after breaking his finger in training.
The Brumbies forward is currently unlikely to be available until the second round against the Bulls - however if Alexander requires surgery, he could face a longer spell out.
Alexander joins fellow front-rowers Jerry Yanuyanutawa and Jono Owen on the sidelines - with coach Andy Friend recruiting John Ulugia as short-term cover.
Ulugia previously played 12 games for the Brumbies between 2006 and 2009 before he was initially omitted from the 2010 squad.
"It's not ideal losing three front rowers in quick succession but the silver lining is that it's happening now and not one or two weeks into the Super 14," Friend told AAP.
"We're fortunate that we've been able to bring someone into the squad who has Super 14 experience and who knows the CA Brumbies set-up and players within the squad extremely well.
"John's only 23 and still has the ambition to play professional rugby. He's been keeping fit and continuing his training up in Sydney so physically he's ready to go."