Rugby Union


Faingaa cleared of broken hand

The Queensland Reds are breathing easier as the Super Rugby season kick-off gets nearer with back line defensive linchpin Anthony Faingaa cleared of a broken hand.

X-rays on Monday only detected ligament damage to Faingaa's left hand from Saturday night's 41-35 trial win over the Auckland Blues.

The Wallabies centre is set to start round one against his former club, the ACT Brumbies, in Canberra on February 16.

Faingaa, who captained the Reds from No.13 in Toowoomba, is expected to be rested from Friday night's final pre-season trial against the Waikato Chiefs at Caloundra.

Playmaker Quade Cooper will also miss the clash due to his boxing debut against Barry Dunnett in Brisbane. Cooper's absence will mean the Reds give more opportunity at five-eighth to utility back Jono Lance, an impressive performer at fullback against the Blues.

Queensland director of coaching Ewen McKenzie will name his trial team on Tuesday with Wallabies captain James Horwill a chance to return from hamstring surgery.

Anthony Faingaa's brother, Saia Faingaa, is also set for his first game of the year. AAP