Cooper out for eight weeks

Quade Cooper and Jake Schatz have been ruled out of the Reds' two-match South African tour.

The flyhalf and No 8 both suffered injuries in Friday’s loss to the Rebels in Melbourne.

Cooper fractured his scapula (shoulder blade) making a tackle, while Schatz ruptured a tendon in his elbow after his arm was caught in an awkward position in a ruck. Cooper will be sidelined for up to eight weeks, while Schatz will be reviewed in four weeks.

The Reds will also be without James Horwill for their first tour match against the Vodacom Bulls after the lock received a one-week ban for a swinging arm on Rebels prop Paul Alo-Emile.

Horwill will be available for his side's second tour match against the Cheetahs.

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Simon Borchardt