Reds' Horwill gone for nine monthsHorwill will spend up to nine months on the sidelines in a devastating blow for the Reds. (AAP: Dave Hunt)Queensland is looking for a new skipper and Wallabies coach Robbie Deans a new enforcer after a shattered James Horwill was ruled out for nine months.
The abrasive 200-centimetre, 115-kilogram lock badly ruptured his knee in the Reds' stirring 41-20 upset of the Crusaders and will require season-ending surgery.
Any pleasure coach Ewen McKenzie derived from his young team being unexpected Super 14 pacesetters after their round two Lang Park win was drained away by the devastating loss.
Horwill is their most influential and damaging forward and has proven to be a quality leader since taking over the captaincy at 22 in 2008.
The 24-Test second rower will also miss this year's Tri-Nations, and most probably Australia's end-of-season tour to Europe in November.
The only upside from the injury, sustained midway through the second half and likened to that which sidelined Tim Horan for much of 1994-95, is that the long term prognosis is for a complete recovery well in time for the 2011 World Cup.
"It's an injury that Kevvie (Horwill) will fully recover from, although it will take time," McKenzie said.
"While the rehabilitation period is a long one, the knee will be as good as new when he returns."http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/02/20/2825508.htm
As expected, he's gone for the season. Huge blow, to not only lose such an important player, but the leader and enforcer of the team. Will Genia will probably take over the captaincy and Van Humphries is expected to come into the XV.