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The Casualty Ward

Round Three

Returned from Injury into Round 3:

Sam Cane (Chiefs) – Cane returned to co-captain the chiefs in a forward dominated game due to the extreme wet weather conditions. Cane picked up where he left off and got stuck back in, demonstrating a high work rate and leading from the front. He looked good back on the paddock.
Digby Ioane (Crusaders) – Digby returned to Suncorp but in the away dressing room for the first time. He had a great game managing to find the gaps in a pretty solid Reds defense with his sharp lines and hard running. Great to see him back and certainly one to watch.
George Moala (Blues) – Moala wasn’t injured, rather had just been restrained to the bench with Piers Francis the preferred starting 12 for the first two games of the season. Moala had a ripper of a game excelling with his straight, hard running and big defense.
James Parsons (Blues) – Parsons looked a little rusty with a few uncharacteristic line out mishaps but he should settle back in soon and lead through his consistency and work rate.
Luke Whitelock (Highlanders)
Nick Phipps (Waratahs)

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New Injuries Round 3:

Patrick Lambie (Sharks) – Fractured vertebrae in his lower back. Estimated at 6-8 weeks
Nehe Milner-Skudder (Hurricanes) – Fractured foot. Out for at least 6 weeks, could be longer depending on what he has fractured, but this information is not available anywhere.
Waisake Naholo (Highlanders)  – Hamstring (Looking to be 4-6 weeks)
Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders) – Hamstring (Looking to be 4-6 weeks)
Israel Dagg (Crusaders) – Knee Injury – Patella tendon?  MRI today but likely out for 4-6 weeks
Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) – Dislocated shoulder (minimum 4-6 weeks out)
James Lowe (Chiefs) – Back pain, no return date listed but shouldn’t be long.
Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders)  – Initially feared he had a hamstring tear but after sitting out a day of training, Seta was moving well and could be back as early as next week.
Wyatt Crockett (Crusaders) – Illness, Back Rd 4
Matt Todd (Crusaders) – Strained his calf in training last week- back training now and in contention for this week.
Dan Kriel (Stormers) – suffered a suffered a lateral knee sprain, rested for Rd 3, could be back Rd 4
Jean-Luc Du Plessis (Stormers) – Minor groin strain could be back for Rd 4 this week.
Ox Nche (Cheetahs) – MCL round 2, likely back Rd 6-8
Uzair Cassiem (Cheetahs) – MCL round 2, likely back Rd 6-8
Nico Lee (Cheetahs) – Shoulder Injury
Loni Uhila (Hurricanes) – Injured 17th minute, waiting on an update
Michael Leitch (Chiefs) – 1 week ban for a high tackle
Charlie Faumuina (Blues) – Back Injury before kick off. No news yet as to how bad it is.
Clement Poitrenaud (Sharks) – limped off against the Waratahs, in doubt for Rd 4
Raymond Rhule (Cheetahs) – Possible concussion, sounds like he is just being rested to make sure he is right for Rd 5.
Quade Cooper (Reds)-  MCL injury, played on with tape, flew to South Africa so should play regardless.
Pete Samu (Crusaders) – MCL injury, time out unknown but it doesn’t look too severe. Likely back in 1-2 weeks.
Nicolás Sánchez (Jaguares) – Banned for 1 week for dangerous play
Philip Van Der Walt (Sharks) – fractured cheekbone. Out round 4, further tests needed
Luzuko Vulindlu (Kings) – Concussion, out for at least 1 week.

Likely Back this week:

Adriaan Strauss (Bulls) – Named on the bench for Rd 4
Jannes Kirsten (Bulls) –Named on the bench for Rd 4
Jan Serfontein (Bulls) – Named to start Rd 4
Arno Botha (Bulls) – Should return round 4 after the bye.
Lodewyk De Ager (Bulls) – Concussion. Due to return in round 4
Louis Schreuder (Kings) – Concussion. Back training and should be right for round 4.
Mzwanele Zito (Kings) – Concussion. Back training and should be right for round 4.
Manuel Montero (Jaguares) – Available for selection
Jed Holloway (Waratahs) – Didn’t take off on tour to South Africa. Should return round 4

Ongoing Injury List:

Sonny Bill Williams (Blues) – Ruptured Achilles. Looking to return in round 6 the earliest.
Vaea Fifita (Hurricanes) – Ligament Damage lower leg. Set to return round 4 or 5.
Blade Thomson (Hurricanes) – Dislocated shoulder round 1. May require surgery. No eta.
Reggie Goodes (Hurricanes) – Concussion – out for unknown time.
Cory Jane (Hurricanes) – Neck – expected back rd 3-5
Ash Dixon (Highlanders) – Back Injury. Unclear when he will return.
Ben Smith (Highlanders) – Concussion sustained round 1. Unclear on return date.
Nathan Harris (Chiefs) – Return in April from ACL reconstruction
Charlie Ngatai (Chiefs) – ongoing concussion symptoms. No eta on his return.
Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders) – Broken Hand round 1. Out for at least 8 weeks.
Kieran Read (Crusaders) – Wrist op, back early April
Bernard Foley (Waratahs) – Concussion. May return round 4 although still hasn’t done any contact work.
Jed Holloway (Waratahs) – Didn’t take off on tour to South Africa. Should return round 4
Sean McMahon (Rebels) – Off season ankle operation. Should return round 4.
Sefa Naivalu (Rebels) – Returning from a knee infection. Will return round 4 after the bye.
Toby Smith (Rebels) – Hamstring Rd 12-13
Scott Sio (Brumbies) – Hamstring Injury. Should return round r 4.
Jarrad Butler (Brumbies) – Leg injury, was expected back in Rd 4
Ben McCalman (Force) – Dislocated Thumb. Should return round 4.
Matt Hodgson (Force) – Due back from his hamstring tear in rd 4.
Keegan Daniel (Sharks) – Fractured Hand (12 weeks). Appears to be recovering fast.
Juan De Jongh (Stormers) – MCL back rd 8-10
Damian De Allende (Stormers) – Injured round 1, out for 3 months (syndesmosis)
Francois Venter (Cheetahs) – Ankle – Should return soon but not on tour, likely Rd 5
Ruan Combrinck (Lions) – Shoulder operation in the off season. Return round 6-8
CJ Velleman (Kings) – Knee, looking to return early April.
Rudi Van Rooyen (Kings) – Ankle Surgery. Out for 12 weeks.
Sergeal Petersen (Cheetahs) – MCL in Rd 1, back Rd 5-7
Ramiro Herrera (Jaguares) – Calf Tear end of preseason. Return in round 4 expected
Thomas Lavanini (Jaguares) – ACL reconstruction – expected back 9 months post op (June), although their medical team is targeting March (Don’t believe them!)
Manuel Leguizamón (Jaguares) – Knee Ligament Damage. Hoping for a return in round 4 or 5.
Javier Ortega Desio (Jaguares) – Torn sartorius muscle. Expected return round 4.
Emiliano Bofelli (Jaguares) – Should be set to return soon but unlikely in round 4.
Harumichi Tatekawa (Sunwolves) – Knock on the knee. Expected return after the tour.

Out for the Season:

Martin Landajo (Jaguares) – Broken Fibula
Tomas Cubelli (Brumbies) – ACL
Brad Weber (Chiefs) – Broken Leg out for 6 months
Mitchell Graham (Chiefs) – Broken Leg
Leolin Zas (Stormers) – Broken Leg
Lausii Tauilali (Brumbies) – ACL
Christian Lealifano (Brumbies) – Leukemia
Howard Minsi (Lions) – ACL
James Broadhurst  (Hurricanes) – Concussion ongoing