A ruptured Achilles tendon has cut short Daniel Braid’s stint with the Queensland Reds and will affect his starting date with Welsh club Llanelli Scarlets where he has signed a lucrative and lengthy deal.
The former All Blacks flanker suffered the injury in the Reds’ shock loss to the Lions in Brisbane at the weekend.
He will be out of rugby for six months.
It’s a blow for Llanelli who confirmed on Monday that they had just signed Braid on a three-year deal.
"We know the value of an out and out openside and they live on the edge," said Scarlets boss Nigel Davies.
"That was a factor in our decision to sign Daniel. He is an out and out seven and that is one of the players we need at the moment. When I look at the side we are trying to put together next season, I am excited."
Braid has been in good form in another disappointing season for Queensland where he signed on as a ground-breaking marquee player as Australian Super 14 franchises opened their doors to overseas stars.
Braid had the option of another year on his Queensland deal but has decided to secure his future with a move north to Europe.
The Reds play the Blues at Albany on Saturday evening.
Braid’s injury means he won’t be lining out against his old New Zealand franchise.
The Reds are now 13th in the Super 14 and were facing a crisis meeting on Monday in the wake of their 20-31 loss to the Lions.
Reds coach Phil Mooney rated it "’the most deflating loss of his two-year reign".
He lashed otu at his side saying they "couldn’t expect to beat a suburban colts team" with the sort of play they produced against the Lions.
"(It was) completely unacceptable," Mooney said.
"If you play like that and expect to get selected then you’re living in a dreamworld."
The changes are expected to start with first five-eighths Quade Cooper who had a shocker.