20 Mar 2013

Barnes out for 6 weeks

10:00 am on 20 March 2013

The Wallabies playmaker Berrick Barnes will have surgery on a dislocated thumb and miss up to six weeks of Super Rugby action for the New South Wales Waratahs.

Barnes hurt the thumb in a tackle during the Waratahs' home loss to the Cheetahs on Friday, having just come back into the side after recovering from a knee injury.

Barnes's injury adds to the Sydney-based outfit's woes, with their hopes of making the playoffs already precarious after starting the season 1-3 under new coach Michael Cheika.

The Waratahs are also likely to be without Australia hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau (hamstring) and Wallabies number eight Wycliff Palu (ankle) for their home match against the Blues on Sunday.