Two major injuries in Super Rugby pre season

The Queensland Reds and Canterbury Crusaders have been hit with major injury blows during pre season.

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During training yesterday, Quade Cooper went down with a fractured collarbone and will be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.

The Wallabies playmaker said he was gutted to be out of the early stages of the season but remained confident, stating he had come back from worse injuries before.

Depending on how the Reds go, Cooper’s return could tie in well with the Super Rugby playoffs.

Finalists in 2014, the Canterbury Crusaders have also suffered a major injury blow, after halfback Willi Heinz broke his leg during a trail game against the Otago Highlanders in Timaru today.

Heinz will be out for the entire Super Rugby season in 2015.

The Crusaders now face a big problem in the halfback position as Andy Ellis is unavailable for selection as he is currently playing club rugby in Japan.

James O’Connor returns to Australia

James O’Connor is back in Australia and will once again play Super Rugby in 2015 after a recent stint in Europe.

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The former Wallaby was embroiled in controversy upon leaving Australia after at incident at an airport at Perth back in 2013.

The incident involved airport staff after O’Conner was removed from the airport and barred from taking an international flight because he was intoxicated.

Many believed O’Connor’s Wallabies career was in doubt and the utility back shortly after shifted to France to play rugby for Toulon.

O’Conner has also played for the London Irish during his time away from Australia.

James O’Conner will join Quade Cooper at the Queensland Reds for the 2015 Super Rugby season and has already begun pre season training with the squad.