7 May 2012

Brumbies first five to miss rest of season

2:43 pm on 7 May 2012

The Brumbies have confirmed first five Christian Lealiifano will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season after breaking his ankle in Saturday's win over NSW Waratahs.

The 25-year-old will undergo surgery and will be out of action for six months.

The Brumbies coach Jake White concedes it's a significant blow to their title hopes.

Lealiifano had also been pressing his claim for a Wallabies jersey after a breakout season.

Saturday's win in Canberra left the Brumbies with a nine-point buffer at the top of the Australian conference ahead of the bye this weekend.