Rugby: Renton’s season looks to be over

Taieri fullback Scott Mitchell trips Kaikorai halfback Josh Renton during Saturday’s Dunedin...
Taieri fullback Scott Mitchell trips Kaikorai halfback Josh Renton during Saturday’s Dunedin premier club match at Bishopscourt. PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN

Highlanders and Otago halfback Josh Renton may have played his last game of the season.

Renton (21) picked up a serious knee injury playing for Kaikorai against Taieri in the Dunedin premier club competition at Bishopscourt on Saturday.

The former New Zealand colts halfback made a break and was tripped when trying to beat last man Scott Mitchell and fell to the ground.

He was carried off the field and it is believed he has badly damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. He had a scan on the injured knee yesterday and a result should be known today.

But it was not looking positive and, if it is as bad as feared, he will have an operation in a few days and be out for the rest of the season.

It is unclear whether he suffered the injury from the trip or it happened before the contact.

Renton first played for Otago in 2013 and is a member of the Highlanders squad but has yet to start a game for the side.

It is the second serious knee injury suffered by a Otago and Highlanders inside back inside 10 days. First five-eighth Hayden Parker injured his ACL in his knee at Highlanders training on April 28 and is out for the season.

Meanwhile, former Otago captain Paul Grant is on the verge of signing a contract with Otago.

Grant, who led the side to Ranfurly Shield glory in 2013, is back in Dunedin after more than two years playing overseas.

Otago coach Cory Brown said yesterday Grant was in talks with the Otago union and things were looking positive but nothing had been signed.

Grant, a loose forward, who used to play for University, is undecided what club he will join.

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