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The Casualty Ward – Grand Finals Edition

The Semi-Finals edition of the Casualty Ward will only list the teams still involved in the competition!

Season 2 Episode 25 of the @DraftRugby podcasts will be available from Tuesday morning (AEST). Harry & Nelson review the Super Rugby Semi-finals , preview the Grand Final, and give you a tasty dessert, all through a Fantasy Rugby lens. 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 in the Semi Finals

Vaea Fifita (Hurricanes) – Back from a 3 week ban on the bench.
Matt Proctor (Hurricanes) – Came off with a pec tear in rd 16. Started as a late change in the team and played extremely well.

Ramiro Moyano (Jaguares) – Tore his soleus muscle (calf) on his left leg in rd 16. Recovered quicker than expected to take a spot on the bench, played a few minutes.

New Injuries Semi Finals:

Ryan Crotty (Crusaders) – Fractured his thumb after 49 minutes, had it operated on and is expected to miss eight weeks. Source.
Scott Barrett (Crusaders) – Fractured his index finger, out for six weeks. Source.
Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders) – Nursing a shoulder injury but is expected to recover. Source.
Joe Moody (Crusaders) – Nursing a shoulder injury but is expected to recover. Source.

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Likely back for this week (Grand Finals):

Lucas Paulos (Jaguares) – Failed his concussion test in rd 18. Back in the tour squad this week.
Juan Manuel Leguizamon (Jaguares) – Picked up an injury during the warm up for rd 18 and did not take the field. Back in the tour squad in place of Francisco Gorrissen this week. Source.

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Ongoing Injury List:

NEW ZEALAND

Crusaders
Ere Enari – Won’t be available for the quarter final due to an MCL injury he picked up in rd 17. Source.
Tim Perry – Pulled pregame with a flare up of his arm fracture. The medical staff ordered an x-ray. “There are more scans on it [to come],” Robertson said. “It’s still not 100 per cent healed. So how long he’s out for, we’re not sure. Source.

ARGENTINA
Jaguares
Javier Díaz – Suffered a tear to his left Adductor (groin) in rd 13, out for 3 to 4 weeks (rd 17-18). Source.

Gone for the season:

Manasa Mataele (Crusaders) – It has finally been confirmed that his season is over after rupturing his ACL. Hopefully he is back terrorising defences next season. Source here
Israel Dagg (Crusaders) – Officially retired from rugby at age 30 due to his arthritic knee.
Tom Sanders (Crusaders) –Dislocated his shoulder in round 6. He has had surgery before round 8 and won’t be back for six months. Source.

Gonzalo Bertranou (Jaguares) – Dislocated his shoulder and is having an operation on the 22nd of February. No return date has been set, but generally it is a five month lay off (mid July at the earliest). Source here
Bautista Delguy (Jaguares) – Had surgery for an ankle injury after round 5 and has been ruled out for 4 months. Gone for the season. Had screws removed from his left ankle and is training heavy in the gym. Source.
Matías Alemanno (Jaguares) – Had an operation on his big toe for a Hallux Valgus (bunion), back in the gym now. Source.

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Written by your local rugby nerd Harrison Dale.