USA and University of Arizona 7s player Peter Tiberio has a broken forearm.
Tiberio broke his arm in the opening minutes of his team’s USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championship final with Dartmouth. It appears that the injury was a clean break of one of the bones in his forearm (we believe it’s the Radius, but we haven’t confirmed that).
Broken arms usually heal in six to eight weeks, which means he could be well enough for the Rugby World Cup 7s qualifiers in late August in Canada.
Tiberio kept playing after breaking his arm, making a tackle. However, when he tried to catch a ball he realized he couldn’t move his left hand and was taken off the field. At the time, Dartmouth had just scored to take a 7-0 lead. Arizona also lost Trent Fisher to an ankle injury at about the same time. Fisher is expected to recover more quickly.
Clearly hurt by the losses, Arizona lost the game 24-5.
Monday, Tiberio tweeted a note about his injury:
“Nothing like hearing ‘she was just diagnosed with cancer’ while walking through the hospital to put my injury in perspective.”