Melbourne Rebels have been dealt a blow after winger Dom Shipperley was ruled out for the rest of the Super Rugby season with a serious knee injury.
Shipperley, who has three Australia caps, ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Rebels' 38-13 defeat to Hurricanes on Friday, a game in which he scored the Rebels' 100th try at AAMI Park.
He was later helped off the field after hurting his knee in a tackle and early reports suggest Shipperley will miss six months of action.
"We're shattered for Dom, he's been a consistent performer during the first half of the year for the Rebels, but unfortunately a contact injury has prematurely ended his Super Rugby season," general manager Baden Stephenson told the Rebels' official website.
"The Rebels will make sure that we support Dom throughout his rehabilitation process and look forward to seeing him back bigger, stronger and better than ever."
Shipperley has made 19 appearances for Rebels since joining from Queensland Reds in 2014.
Rebels are sixth in the Australasian Group in Super Rugby having won four of their opening seven matches.