Canada will be without goal-kicking flyhalf Shane O’Leary during their November test series. The 24-year-old underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair ruptured ankle ligaments suffered while on duty with Ealing Trailfinders. It’s a bitter blow for Canada who are already without Connor Braid and alternate kicker Gordon McRorie, so too Ealing where O’Leary has only just arrived.
More importantly O’Leary now faces a race against time to be fit for Canada’s vital World Cup Qualifying series against Uruguay on January 27 and February 3. The projected recovery time is 12 weeks which would put O’Leary’s return during the week of the first match.
Canadian fans will be praying there are no setbacks along the way with O’Leary seen as a key figure against a dangerous Teros side that has numerous kickers of international quality including their own star flyhalf in Felipe Berchesi. In the meantime Canada will rely on Patrick Parfrey, Guiseppe du Toit, and Robbie Povey to fill in the No 10 shirt with Parfrey slated to wear the jersey against Georgia on Saturday.