Qantas Wallabies and Queensland Reds star Anthony Fainga’a will miss the upcoming Rugby Championship after being told he needs a full shoulder reconstruction.
“This is obviously not ideal timing after the honour of being selected for the the Wallabies 2013 Rugby Championship Squad,” Anthony Fainga’a said.
“I’ve been carrying this shoulder injury through out the last season and I feel that it is not in the best interests of my team mates at the Reds nor the Wallabies Squad to continue to do so. I’m immensely disappointed not to be joining my brother, Saia, at the Wallabies Camp on Monday. We missed the last tour together (Lions 2013) and now we are to be split apart again because of my surgery and recovery.”
In 2011 Anthony & Saia Fainga’a became the first set of Australian Twins (and one of only three sets in the World) to attend a World Cup, winning Bronze Medals at the 2011 IRB World Cup in NZ.
They hold the honour of becoming just the third set of twins to play for Australia following on from Stan and Jim Boyce and Mark and Glen Ella.
“It’s been a week of highs and lows for the Fainga’a Family,” Saia Fainga’a said. “Our whole family has been here in Brisbane to support Anthony through his decision making process, as well as to support our younger brother Colby as he enters his first Super 15 Rugby Grand Final playing for the Brumbies against the Chiefs. As a family we support Anthony’s decision however I am disappointed to be entering Wallabies Camp again without him. I can feel his frustration.”
According to Anthony Fainga’a’s medical team, he can expect to be in recovery for four to six months, as is the standard for full shoulder reconstruction surgery.
“Undertaking surgery this week will allow me to have the best possible chance of starting the 2014 Super 15 Rugby Season fully fit. Along with my Reds commitments I can also use this time to work on our annual ‘Fainga’a Twins Think Pink Charity Golf Day and Luncheon’ combined with our ‘Girls Pink High Tea and Lunch, sponsored by Cosima Skincare,’ to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation, said Anthony Fainga’a.
“My surgery is nothing compared to what thousands of Australian Women courageously battle. Let’s focus on them by raising awareness of breast cancer.”
The Fainga’a Twins have been NBCF National Ambassadors for several years and were inspired by their Grandmother, Evelyn, a two time breast cancer survivor.
The Fainga’a Twins Charity Golf Day will be held at the Indooroopilly Golf Course, Brisbane, October 10. Information can be found at www.faingaatwins.com