Casualty Ward Super Rugby Pre-season

The Super Rugby AU & Aotearoa seasons are warming up, which means the return of your beloved Casualty Ward! The Casualty Ward is here to deliver all your injury news. We stay on top of all the latest news, with the added insights of our team’s Physiotherapist and Podiatrist.

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Returning from injury (AU Rd 1 & Aotearoa Rd 1):

Nathan Harris (Chiefs) – Had a rotator cuff (shoulder muscle) repair on the 15th of January 2020. Miss all of Super Rugby 2020. Said to be back fit this year.
Atu Moli (Chiefs) – Had FAI (hip impingement) surgery on both hips to treat chronic hip dysfunction. Missed the entire 2020 season. Source.
Michael Allardice (Chiefs) – Missed the 2020 season having undergone surgery for a shoulder reconstruction in March, we expect him to be back for the start of the season. Source.
Laghlan McWhannell (Chiefs) – Missed the 2020 season for both Super Rugby and the Mitre 10 cup having gone under the knife to have a patellar tendon debridement (this is not a good sign for such a young player).
Quinten Strange – Suffered a chest injury in rd 10 and missed the back end of the year. Source.
Ethan Blackadder (Crusaders) – Now had a meniscus clean up in his knee after being scratched from rd 4 in 2020. Missed the season but we would expect he is back to start this year.
Cullen Grace (Crusaders) – Ruled out of action for 6-8 weeks with a Bennett’s fracture (fractured thumb) that required an operation in rd 3. So will be back to start the year. Source.
David Havili (Crusaders) – Suffered a Bennett’s fracture in his thumb last year but recovered to play in the Mitre 10 cup.
Tom Robinson (Blues) – Had a meniscal tear cleaned up in his knee after rd 1. Played all of the Mitre 10 cup so he will be fit to start.
James Parsons (Blues) – Concussed in Rd 5 last year, he still hasn’t played but it sounds like he should be fit. Source.
Tanielu Tele’a (Blues) – Had a shoulder injury after round 6 last year but played throughout the Mitre 10 cup without any issues.
Stephen Perofeta (Blues) – Was ruled out for last season but played through the Mitre 10 cup.
Nehe Milner-Skudder (Highlanders) – Played through the Mitre 10 cup after around 2 years out with injury.
Ricky Jackson (Highlanders) – Missed the entire SR campaign with an ankle injury and operation but returned for the Mitre 10 cup.
James Lentjes (Highlanders) – Fracture dislocated his ankle in February 2020, had surgery and missed the season. The expected recovery is 6-9 months so he should be fit for round 1 this season. Source.
Connor Garden-Bachop (Highlanders) – Had an operation on his back last year and missed the Super Rugby season. Came back in the Mitre 10 cup.
Tevita Nabura (Highlanders) – Missed all of last Aotearoa season with a back injury but was fit for the Mitre 10 cup.
Josh Dickson (Highlanders) – Brok a bone in his lower leg in Aotearoa Rd 5 but made his comeback in Mitre 10 cup.

Toni Pulu (Western Force) – Had shoulder surgery early March 2020 and missed the full season. No word on his fitness yet but he should be fit. Source.
Les Leulua’iali’i-Makin (Brumbies) – Missed last Super Rugby season after rupturing his Achilles on the 25th of January. Twelve months should be long enough for him to be back into it in round 1 although we haven’t heard anything specific.
Ryan Louwrens (Rebels) – Has had an operation on his ruptured bicep in August and missed the rest of the season. I’d expect him to be fit for around the start of the season.

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New players:

Rene Ranger (Crusaders) – The former All Black has been brought in as an injury replacement for George Bridge. Source.
Josh McKay (Crusaders) – The former Highlanders flyer has been thrown a lifeline by the Crusaders coming in as injury cover for Braydon Ennor. Source.

New Injuries (preseason):

Julian Montoya (Western Force) – Had some issues with his paper work and will no longer join the Force. He is joining Leicester Tigers instead. Source.
Liam Squire (Highlanders) – Has been limping at training as he gets back into the big training load required. Should play in the “early rounds” but isn’t expected to be 100% fit at the start of the season. Had knee and hip surgery last year as well. Source.

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Ongoing Injury List:

AUSTRALIA

Western Force
Nil

Brumbies
Nil

Reds
Lukhan Salakai-Loto – Still has two weeks to go on his ban from the end of last year so he won’t play until round 3.
Dane Zander – Suffered a knee injury in training before rd 6 and missed the rest of the season. We aren’t sure if he will be fit for the start of the season.
Josh Flook – Dislocated his shoulder and had surgery in August. A 6 month return time would place him around late February. Source.

Rebels
Nil

Waratahs
Nil

NEW ZEALAND
Highlanders
Pari Pari Parkinson – Suffered an ankle injury in rd 10 and had an operation, due back in April. Source.
Kazuki Himeno – stuck in Japan due to COVID. Source.
Sam Gilbert – Tore his ACL in rd 3 and will miss 9 months. Due back around April 2021. Source.
Solomon Alaimalo – Dislocated his shoulder in July, no word yet on if he will be fully fit for the start of the season.

Chiefs
Nil

Hurricanes
Jamie Booth – Tore his MCL and PCL in his knee, plus fractured his tibial plateau (surface of his knee joint). Had an operation in October. I’d suspect he is about six months (April) to return as a minimum. Source.

Crusaders
Braydon Ennor – Tore his ACL in the North V South game and is not due back until after SR Aotearoa. Source.
George Bridge – Recovering from a pec muscle repair in mid October. Said to be out for six months he should return by mid April. Source.
Manasa Mataele – Recovering from a pec muscle repair in mid October only a few days after Bridge. Said to be out for six months he should return by mid April. Source.

Blues
Ray Niuia – Had a knee injury that cost him his 2020 season. We assume he is back competing for a spot this year.
Soane Vikena – The NZ U20s hooker will miss the season with a shoulder injury from back in November. Source.

Gone for the season:

Nil

Have we missed something? Drop a comment or tweet and let us know.

Written by your local rugby nerd Harrison Dale.

Casualty Ward SR AU Semi-final

There is only one game left of Super Rugby AU, then we shift to Rugby championship news! The Casualty Ward is here to deliver all your injury news. We stay on top of all the latest news, with the added insights of our team’s Physiotherapist and Podiatrist.

If you like what you read please like, share and review us everywhere people talk about rugby, and check out our Draft Rugby podcast due out late Monday night each week (Sydney time). Tune in, rate, review and share us. You’ll find us across all platforms on the links below:

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Returned from injury (AU Rd 10):

Nil

Likely back this week (AU final):

Noah Lolesio (Brumbies) – Tore his hamstring in rd 3. Back in the starting side this week. Source.

New Injuries (AU semi-final):

Jordan Petaia (Reds) – Concussion. Source.
Chris Feauai-Sautia (Reds) – Came off with a groin injury. Source.
Dane Haylett-Petty (Rebels) – Came off with a groin injury. Source.
Matt Toomua (Rebels) – Came off with a groin injury that is feared to be serious. Source.
Jordan Uelese (Rebels) – Came off with a shoulder injury, set to go for scans. Source.
Andrew Kellaway (Rebels) – Came off with what looked like a shoulder injury.

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Ongoing Injury List:

AUSTRALIA

Western Force
Greg Holmes – Broke his thumb in rd 6. It is unclear exactly how long he will be sidelined. Source.
Brad Lacey – Pulled pregame without being mentioned. No idea what he has done at this stage.
Tevin Ferris – Didn’t last long off the bench before limping off with an ankle injury. However, the commentary team said he was going for an HIA. Not sure I agree with them.

Brumbies
Toni Pulu – Had shoulder surgery early March, still wasn’t back training in mid-May, so he is unlikely to play anytime soon. Source.

Reds
Alex Mafi – Was expected to return from a hamstring injury for the final but didn’t make the cut. Source.

Rebels
Anaru Rangi  – Could miss the full season with “a personal health issue”. Source.
Tom English – Was meant to be playing in Japan, training with the squad but can’t be selected unless his trip is canceled. Source.
Semisi Tupou – Suffered an ACL injury in the preseason, a slight chance to come back before the end of the season. Source.
Rob Leota – Was helped from the field with a leg injury in rd 6. Source.
Pone Fa’amausili – Went down with a hamstring strain during training before rd 10 and missed the next 2 weeks. Source.
Campbell Magnay – Hurt his ankle before rd 10 and missed the finals. Source.
James Tuttle – Tore his hamstring during rd 10 and missed the semi-final. Source.

Waratahs
Karmichael Hunt – A late withdrawal from Rd 8 the game after suffering a minor hamstring strain in training. Was “a chance” for Rd 9 so should feature if they make finals. Source.
Tom Horton – Came off in rd 9 and was seen icing his hamstring. Potentially has a muscle tear but has been named in the Wallabies train on squad.

NEW ZEALAND
Highlanders
Nehe Milner-Skudder – Hasn’t played rugby in 18 months after consecutive shoulder injuries. Tweaked his MCL before rd 9 but was hopefully of playing club rugby regardless. That would see him a chance to play in the final round of SR Aotearoa. Source.
Pari Pari Parkinson – Suffered an ankle injury in rd 10 and won’t play in the north vs south game or All Blacks. Source.

Chiefs
Nathan Harris – Had a rotator cuff (shoulder muscle) repair on the 15th of January. Out for at least six months and was set to miss all of Super Rugby. A chance to get a run during this season but we haven’t heard anything. Source.
Aidan Ross – Came off with a calf tear in rd 6. Didn’t play in rd 7. Source.
Reuben O’Neill – Came off with a hamstring injury and didn’t play in rd 9. Source.
Ryan Coxon – Out with an injury to his thumb.
Tiaan Falcon – Suffered an injury to his knee.
Sam Cane – Came off with what looked like a knock in rd 9, ended up being a concussion. Source.
Kini Naholo – Didn’t last long before he left the field with a leg injury in rd 9.

Hurricanes
Vaea Fifita – Pulled from the starting side pre-game in rd 7, no more info at this stage. Source.
Isaia Walker-Leawere – Pulled from the starting side pre-game in rd 7, not sure of what he has done. Source.
Kobus van Wyk – Had his yellow card tackle on weber in rd 9 upgraded and was ruled out for 3 weeks. Source.

Crusaders
Manasa Mataele – Still in the process of returning from a knee injury as of rd 8. Source.
Joe Moody – Picked up a neck injury in rd 9 and was ruled out of rd 10. Source.
Oli Jager – Came off with an ugly hit to the head rd 9. Looked like a concussion but they treated it like a neck injury. Won’t play next week. Source.
Quinten Strange – Suffered a chest injury in rd 10 and won’t play in the north vs south game. Source.

Blues
Tom Robinson – Had a meniscal tear cleaned up in his knee after rd 1. Recovery said to be 6-8 weeks, they are targeting 5-6. Generally, it varies from 1-12 weeks so it is hard to guess from the outside. Source.
Hoskins Sotutu – Suffered a knee injury which ruled him out of rd 6 and rd 7. No word on a return date yet but there is some language suggesting he might be back soon. Source.
Daniel Carter – Strained his calf in training the Thursday before rd 6. Looks like his only chance to play would be against the Crusaders in rd 9. Source.
James Parsons – Still on the comeback trail from a concussion in Rd 5. Source.

Gone for the season:

Baden Wardlaw (Blues) – Forced to retire before the season due to a chronic neck fusion. Source.
Ray Niuia (Blues) – Has a knee injury that will cost him his season. Source.
Tanielu Tele’a (Blues) – Had a shoulder injury after round 6 and is out for the season. Source.
Stephen Perofeta (Blues) – Has been ruled out for the season, opening the door for Dan Carter to sign for the Blues. No more detail on his injury yet.
Ricky Jackson (Highlanders) – The hooker will miss the entire SR campaign with an ankle injury and operation. Nathan Vella brought in to replace him. Source.
James Lentjes (Highlanders) – Fracture dislocated his ankle in rd 5, will have surgery and is gone for the season. The expected recovery is 6-9 months. Source.
Connor Garden-Bachop (Highlanders) – Had an operation on his back due to return in June but his spot in the side has been taken. Source.
Tevita Nabura (Highlanders) – Still getting over an operation on his lower back after he suffered an injury at training just before Christmas, was expected back in April but his spot has been taken. Source.
Sam Gilbert (Highlanders) – Tore his ACL in rd 3 and will miss 9 months. Source.
Josh Dickson (Highlanders) – Has broken a bone in his lower leg in Aotearoa Rd 5 and will miss the remainder of the season. He is expected to be out for four months, so we expect he had to have it operated on. Source.
Kayne Hammington (Highlanders) – Fractured a bone in his hand late in the match against the Hurricanes and will miss the remainder of the campaign. Source.
Atu Moli (Chiefs) – Had FAI (hip impingement) surgery on both hips to treat chronic hip dysfunction. He will miss the entire season. Source.
Michael Allardice (Chiefs) – Gone for the season having undergone surgery for a shoulder reconstruction. Source.
Laghlan McWhannell (Chiefs) – Gone for the season having gone under the knife to have a patellar tendon debridement (this is not a good sign for such a young player). Source.
Sam McNicol (Chiefs) – Gone for the season after ankle surgery to correct his anterior impingement and clean up his joint surfaces. Source.
Luke Jacobson (Chiefs) – Fractured his hand against the Blues. The recovery time for the injury is 5 to 6 weeks but the Chiefs are taking a cautious approach and don’t expect him to play this season. Source.
Tyler Ardron (Chiefs) – Will now leave the squad to start his contract with Castres. Source.
Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs) – Dislocated his shoulder after scoring a try and won’t take part in the rest of SR Aotearoa. Source.
Scott Barrett (Crusaders) – Tore his plantar fascia in the intrasquad trial. Had surgery on the 25th of June and will miss the full Super Rugby season. Aiming for an October return. Source.
Ethan Blackadder (Crusaders) – Now had a meniscus clean up in his knee after being scratched from rd 4. Gone for the season. Source.
Cullen Grace (Crusaders) – Ruled out of action for 6-8 weeks with a Bennett’s fracture (fractured thumb) that requires an operation in rd 3. Gone for the season. Source.
David Havili (Crusaders) – Suffered a Bennett’s fracture in his thumb and will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season. Source.
Braydon Ennor (South Island/Crusaders) – Tore his ACL in the North/South game and will miss the next 9 months fo footy. Source.
Gareth Evans (Hurricanes) – Now ruled out for the full SR Aotearoa season. We suspect from his ankle injury. Source.
Fraser Armstrong (Hurricanes) – Broke his arm and won’t play again in SR Aotearoa. Source.
Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes) – Came off with a broken wrist. Having surgery on the 30th of July and aiming for a return in mid-November. Source.

Les Leulua’iali’i-Makin (Brumbies) – ruled out of Super Rugby season after rupturing his Achilles on the 25th of January. Source.
Blake Enever (Brumbies) – Has been released by the Brumbies to return home to Brisbane immediately on compassionate grounds where he will continue his recovery from a lower leg injury. Source. Now confirmed he has signed for Leicester. Source.
Isaac Lucas (Reds) – Had his RA contract torn up after rejecting a pay cut from the Reds. Expected to sign for a Japanese rugby club. Source.
Harry Hockings (Reds) – Had his RA contract torn up after rejecting a pay cut from the Reds. Expected to sign for a Japanese rugby club. Source.
Izack Rodda (Reds) – Had his RA contract torn up after rejecting a pay cut from the Reds. Apparently he still might reverse his decision to leave. Source.
Henry Speight (Reds) – Has been released from his contract to take up a 3-year contract with Biarritz, won’t play Super Rugby AU. Source.
Dane Zander (Reds) – Suffered a knee injury in training before rd 6 and won’t play again this season. Source.
Josh Flook (Reds) – Dislocated his shoulder and had surgery before rd 10. Source.
Damien Fitzpatrick (Waratahs) – Retired from professional rugby before the AU season started. Source.
Kurtley Beale (Waratahs) – Won’t take any part in Super Rugby AU after being released early to take up his contract with Racing 92. Source.
Mack Mason (Waratahs) – Still on contract until November but has been allowed to seek employment on his farm in Queensland and isn’t back training with the squad. Source.
Carlo Tizzano (West Harbour), Joe Cotton (Southern Districts), Triston Reilly (Randwick), Henry Robertson (Sydney Uni), as well as sevens player Angus Bell (Sydney Uni) (Waratahs) – All released to play club rugby for the remainder of the season. Source
Chris Alcock (Western Force) – Has just announced his retirement prior to the start of Super Rugby AU. Source.
Luke Jones (Rebels) – Released early to play overseas and won’t play in Super Rugby AU.
Ryan Louwrens (Rebels) – Has had an operation on his ruptured bicep and will miss the rest of the season. Source.

Have we missed something? Drop a comment or tweet and let us know.

Written by your local rugby nerd Harrison Dale.

Casualty Ward AU Rd 10

We have come to the end of the Super Rugby AU regular season, and with it the injury news starts to slow down. Regardless, the Casualty Ward is here to deliver all your injury news for both Australian and New Zealand rugby. We stay on top of all the latest news, with the added insights of our team’s Physiotherapist and Podiatrist.

If you like what you read please like, share and review us everywhere people talk about rugby, and check out our Draft Rugby podcast due out late Monday night each week (Sydney time). Tune in, rate, review and share us. You’ll find us across all platforms on the links below:

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Returned from injury (AU Rd 10):

Hamish Stewart (Reds) – Came back from a hip pointer (bruised bone) and looked sharp.
Hunter Paisami (Reds) – Returned via the bench from his second MCL knee injury this year.
Chris Feauai-Sautia (Reds) – Came back from a calf tear to start on the wing.
JP Smith (Reds) – Came back off the bench from a neck injury.
Ruan Smith (Reds) – Made his comeback returning from the Melbourne Rebels.
Dane Haylett-Petty (Rebels) – Came back from his MCL injury and played extremely well.

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Likely back this week (AU Rd 11):

Alex Mafi (Reds) – Returns from a hamstring injury. Source.

New Injuries (AU Rd 10):

Braydon Ennor (South Island/Crusaders) – Tore his ACL in the game and will miss the next 9 months fo footy. Source.

Pone Fa’amausili (Rebels) – Went down with a hamstring strain during training before rd 10 and missed the game. Won’t play in the semi-final either. Source.
Campbell Magnay (Rebels) – Hurt his ankle before rd 10 and missed the game. Source.
James Tuttle (Rebels) – Tore his hamstring during the game and is in doubt for the semi-final. Won’t play in the semi. Source.

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Ongoing Injury List:

AUSTRALIA

Western Force
Greg Holmes – Broke his thumb in rd 6. It is unclear exactly how long he will be sidelined. Source.
Brad Lacey – Pulled pregame without being mentioned. No idea what he has done at this stage.
Tevin Ferris – Didn’t last long off the bench before limping off with an ankle injury. However, the commentary team said he was going for an HIA. Not sure I agree with them.

Brumbies
Toni Pulu – Had shoulder surgery early March, still wasn’t back training in mid-May, so he is unlikely to play anytime soon. Source.
Noah Lolesio – Tore his hamstring in rd 3. The results suggest he is out for 8 weeks, but now he is a chance for rd 10. Source.

Reds
Nil

Rebels
Anaru Rangi  – Could miss the full season with “a personal health issue”. Source.
Tom English – Was meant to be playing in Japan, training with the squad but can’t be selected unless his trip is canceled. Source.
Semisi Tupou – Suffered an ACL injury in the preseason, a slight chance to come back before the end of the season. Source.
Rob Leota – Was helped from the field with a leg injury in rd 6. Source.

Waratahs
Karmichael Hunt – A late withdrawal from Rd 8 the game after suffering a minor hamstring strain in training. Was “a chance” for Rd 9 so should feature if they make finals. Source.
Tom Horton – Came off in rd 9 and was seen icing his hamstring. Potentially has a muscle tear but has been named in the Wallabies train on squad.

NEW ZEALAND
Highlanders
Nehe Milner-Skudder – Hasn’t played rugby in 18 months after consecutive shoulder injuries. Tweaked his MCL before rd 9 but was hopefully of playing club rugby regardless. That would see him a chance to play in the final round of SR Aotearoa. Source.
Pari Pari Parkinson – Suffered an ankle injury in rd 10 and won’t play in the north vs south game or All Blacks. Source.

Chiefs
Nathan Harris – Had a rotator cuff (shoulder muscle) repair on the 15th of January. Out for at least six months and was set to miss all of Super Rugby. A chance to get a run during this season but we haven’t heard anything. Source.
Aidan Ross – Came off with a calf tear in rd 6. Didn’t play in rd 7. Source.
Reuben O’Neill – Came off with a hamstring injury and didn’t play in rd 9. Source.
Ryan Coxon – Out with an injury to his thumb.
Tiaan Falcon – Suffered an injury to his knee.
Sam Cane – Came off with what looked like a knock in rd 9, ended up being a concussion. Source.
Kini Naholo – Didn’t last long before he left the field with a leg injury in rd 9.

Hurricanes
Vaea Fifita – Pulled from the starting side pre-game in rd 7, no more info at this stage. Source.
Isaia Walker-Leawere – Pulled from the starting side pre-game in rd 7, not sure of what he has done. Source.
Kobus van Wyk – Had his yellow card tackle on weber in rd 9 upgraded and was ruled out for 3 weeks. Source.

Crusaders
Manasa Mataele – Still in the process of returning from a knee injury as of rd 8. Source.
Joe Moody – Picked up a neck injury in rd 9 and was ruled out of rd 10. Source.
Oli Jager – Came off with an ugly hit to the head rd 9. Looked like a concussion but they treated it like a neck injury. Won’t play next week. Source.
Quinten Strange – Suffered a chest injury in rd 10 and won’t play in the north vs south game. Source.

Blues
Tom Robinson – Had a meniscal tear cleaned up in his knee after rd 1. Recovery said to be 6-8 weeks, they are targeting 5-6. Generally, it varies from 1-12 weeks so it is hard to guess from the outside. Source.
Hoskins Sotutu – Suffered a knee injury which ruled him out of rd 6 and rd 7. No word on a return date yet but there is some language suggesting he might be back soon. Source.
Daniel Carter – Strained his calf in training the Thursday before rd 6. Looks like his only chance to play would be against the Crusaders in rd 9. Source.
James Parsons – Still on the comeback trail from a concussion in Rd 5. Source.

Gone for the season:

Baden Wardlaw (Blues) – Forced to retire before the season due to a chronic neck fusion. Source.
Ray Niuia (Blues) – Has a knee injury that will cost him his season. Source.
Tanielu Tele’a (Blues) – Had a shoulder injury after round 6 and is out for the season. Source.
Stephen Perofeta (Blues) – Has been ruled out for the season, opening the door for Dan Carter to sign for the Blues. No more detail on his injury yet.
Ricky Jackson (Highlanders) – The hooker will miss the entire SR campaign with an ankle injury and operation. Nathan Vella brought in to replace him. Source.
James Lentjes (Highlanders) – Fracture dislocated his ankle in rd 5, will have surgery and is gone for the season. The expected recovery is 6-9 months. Source.
Connor Garden-Bachop (Highlanders) – Had an operation on his back due to return in June but his spot in the side has been taken. Source.
Tevita Nabura (Highlanders) – Still getting over an operation on his lower back after he suffered an injury at training just before Christmas, was expected back in April but his spot has been taken. Source.
Sam Gilbert (Highlanders) – Tore his ACL in rd 3 and will miss 9 months. Source.
Josh Dickson (Highlanders) – Has broken a bone in his lower leg in Aotearoa Rd 5 and will miss the remainder of the season. He is expected to be out for four months, so we expect he had to have it operated on. Source.
Kayne Hammington (Highlanders) – Fractured a bone in his hand late in the match against the Hurricanes and will miss the remainder of the campaign. Source.
Atu Moli (Chiefs) – Had FAI (hip impingement) surgery on both hips to treat chronic hip dysfunction. He will miss the entire season. Source.
Michael Allardice (Chiefs) – Gone for the season having undergone surgery for a shoulder reconstruction. Source.
Laghlan McWhannell (Chiefs) – Gone for the season having gone under the knife to have a patellar tendon debridement (this is not a good sign for such a young player). Source.
Sam McNicol (Chiefs) – Gone for the season after ankle surgery to correct his anterior impingement and clean up his joint surfaces. Source.
Luke Jacobson (Chiefs) – Fractured his hand against the Blues. The recovery time for the injury is 5 to 6 weeks but the Chiefs are taking a cautious approach and don’t expect him to play this season. Source.
Tyler Ardron (Chiefs) – Will now leave the squad to start his contract with Castres. Source.
Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs) – Dislocated his shoulder after scoring a try and won’t take part in the rest of SR Aotearoa. Source.
Scott Barrett (Crusaders) – Tore his plantar fascia in the intrasquad trial. Had surgery on the 25th of June and will miss the full Super Rugby season. Aiming for an October return. Source.
Ethan Blackadder (Crusaders) – Now had a meniscus clean up in his knee after being scratched from rd 4. Gone for the season. Source.
Cullen Grace (Crusaders) – Ruled out of action for 6-8 weeks with a Bennett’s fracture (fractured thumb) that requires an operation in rd 3. Gone for the season. Source.
David Havili (Crusaders) – Suffered a Bennett’s fracture in his thumb and will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season. Source.
Gareth Evans (Hurricanes) – Now ruled out for the full SR Aotearoa season. We suspect from his ankle injury. Source.
Fraser Armstrong (Hurricanes) – Broke his arm and won’t play again in SR Aotearoa. Source.
Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes) – Came off with a broken wrist. Having surgery on the 30th of July and aiming for a return in mid-November. Source.

Les Leulua’iali’i-Makin (Brumbies) – ruled out of Super Rugby season after rupturing his Achilles on the 25th of January. Source.
Blake Enever (Brumbies) – Has been released by the Brumbies to return home to Brisbane immediately on compassionate grounds where he will continue his recovery from a lower leg injury. Source. Now confirmed he has signed for Leicester. Source.
Isaac Lucas (Reds) – Had his RA contract torn up after rejecting a pay cut from the Reds. Expected to sign for a Japanese rugby club. Source.
Harry Hockings (Reds) – Had his RA contract torn up after rejecting a pay cut from the Reds. Expected to sign for a Japanese rugby club. Source.
Izack Rodda (Reds) – Had his RA contract torn up after rejecting a pay cut from the Reds. Apparently he still might reverse his decision to leave. Source.
Henry Speight (Reds) – Has been released from his contract to take up a 3-year contract with Biarritz, won’t play Super Rugby AU. Source.
Dane Zander (Reds) – Suffered a knee injury in training before rd 6 and won’t play again this season. Source.
Josh Flook (Reds) – Dislocated his shoulder and had surgery before rd 10. Source.
Damien Fitzpatrick (Waratahs) – Retired from professional rugby before the AU season started. Source.
Kurtley Beale (Waratahs) – Won’t take any part in Super Rugby AU after being released early to take up his contract with Racing 92. Source.
Mack Mason (Waratahs) – Still on contract until November but has been allowed to seek employment on his farm in Queensland and isn’t back training with the squad. Source.
Carlo Tizzano (West Harbour), Joe Cotton (Southern Districts), Triston Reilly (Randwick), Henry Robertson (Sydney Uni), as well as sevens player Angus Bell (Sydney Uni) (Waratahs) – All released to play club rugby for the remainder of the season. Source
Chris Alcock (Western Force) – Has just announced his retirement prior to the start of Super Rugby AU. Source.
Luke Jones (Rebels) – Released early to play overseas and won’t play in Super Rugby AU.
Ryan Louwrens (Rebels) – Has had an operation on his ruptured bicep and will miss the rest of the season. Source.

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Written by your local rugby nerd Harrison Dale.