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The Casualty Ward 2020 Rd 5

After 5 rounds of Super Rugby there is a long list of injuries! The Casualty Ward is here to make your life easy with all the latest Super Rugby’s injuries and bans right here!

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Returning from injury (Rd 5):

Jeff Thwaites (Highlanders) – Returned from an ankle injury.
James Blackwell (Hurricanes) – Back from a niggly toe injury.
James Marshall (Hurricanes) – Was named on the bench for his first run of the season.
Rieko Ioane (Blues) – Returned from his fractured hand from rd 1 to start at outside centre.

Matt Toomua (Rebels) – Back from missing last week with a groin injury.
Jordan Uelese (Rebels) – Finally made his comeback from a hamstring tear.
Filipo Daugunu (Reds) – Back from a 5 match ban for a tip tackle.

Andre Warner (Lions) – Recovered from a round 1 ankle injury to start.
Marco van Staden (Bulls) – Finally cleared fit from his concussion and didn’t miss a beat with a good try and a solid game of turnovers and forced penalties.
Jeronimo de la Fuente (Jaguares) – Back after being pulled pregame rd 3 but started this week.

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New Injuries (Rd 5):

James Lentjes (Highlanders) – Fracture dislocated his ankle, will have surgery and is gone for the season. Expected recovery is 6-9 months. Source.
Rob Thompson (Highlanders) – Ruled out of rd 6 and 7 for an unknown injury. Source.
Daniel Lienert-Brown (Highlanders) – Came off early with what sounds like an ankle injury but is named to tour this week. Sounds like he should be fine. Source.

Jake Gordon (Waratahs) – Came off after 20 minutes with a hamstring “strain”. Seen on the sideline without any ice on it so unlucky to be bad.
Rob Simmons (Waratahs) – Landed awkwardly from a lineout and rolled his ankle. Looked pretty sore as he limped off.
Mark Nawaqanitawase (Waratahs) – Succumbed to a tight hamstring or strain at half time. No word on if he actually tore it.
James O’Connor (Reds) – Injured his ankle and came off early. Source.
Harry Wilson (Reds) – Came off with a concussion after 44 minutes.

Vincent Tshituka (Lions) – Came off early in the second half with an ankle injury. Has flown home to see a surgeon so it sounds severe. Next home game is rd 9, but I’d say he is gone 6 weeks best case. Source.
Roelof Smit (Lions) – Sustained a quad injury at training around rd 5. Source.
Thomas du Toit (Sharks) – Came off with a concussion.
Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers) – Had surgery on Sunday the 1st of March to treat heavy bruising of his thigh. Initial reports say he will be out for 2 months. Source.

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Likely back for this week (Rd 6):

Billy Harmon (Crusaders) – Picked up a MCL strain against the Hurricanes in preseason but back training and expected to play round 6. Source. .
Quinten Strange (Crusaders) – Broke a bone in his right hand in the trial against the Highlanders. Back training and expected to play round 6. Source.
Scott Barrett (Crusaders) – Tweaked his MCL in round 3, back training and expected to play round 6. Source.
Oli Jager (Crusaders) – Concussed in rd 3, back training and expected to play round 6. Source.
Finlay Christie (Blues) – Aiming to return from a neck injury for rd 6. Source.
Gerard Cowley-Tuioti (Blues) – Shoulder, aiming to play round 6. Source.
Jared Page (Blues) – Unavailable rd 1, aiming to return for round 6. Source.
Alex Hodgman (Blues) – Tore his calf in rd 1, not sure how severe it was but it would be between 2 and 6 weeks. Source.
Josh Goodhue (Blues) – Left the field with an ankle injury early in the match. Hasn’t gone on tour to South Africa for 2 weeks, aiming to play round 6. Source.

Luke Jones (Rebels) – Sidelined with a back injury since rd 2, was rumoured to be back for round 5 then wasn’t. So who the hell knows from here!
Folau Faingaa (Brumbies) – Ruled out of round 4 with a toe injury, no word on the severity but surely a chance this week.
Darcy Swain (Brumbies) – Missed round 4 with the mumps, should return after the round 5 bye.

Matias Alemanno (Jaguares) – Due back in rd 6 from a pec tear. Source.
Burger Odendaal (Bulls) – Injured his ankle in rd 4 and has been ruled out of rd 5. Sounds like he could play rd 6. Source.
Simiphiwe Matanzima (Bulls) – Has an AC joint injury from rd 1 and could be back for round 6. Source.
Louis van der Westhuizen (Bulls) – Due to be fit for round 6 from an ankle injury. Source.

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Ongoing Injury List:

Thomas Umaga-Jensen – Had off season shoulder surgery and is out until April. Source.
Connor Garden-Bachop – Had an operation on his back and will miss 5-6 months meaning he won’t be back until June at the earliest. Source.
Scott Gregory – Not injured, but is due to leave for the NZ 7s around March.
Tevita Nabura – Still getting over an operation on his lower back after he suffered an injury at training just before Christmas and is not expected back until the end of March. Source.
Sio Tomkinson – Banned for 3 weeks a shoulder charge on Tom Banks, at the time only given a yellow. Means he should return for round 7. Source.
Josh Dickson – Came off with a shoulder injury in rd 4. Will miss the South Africa and Argentina tour. Back rd 8 at the earliest. Source.
Pari Pari Parkinson – Still battling an ankle issue and will miss the South Africa and Argentina tour. Back rd 8 at the earliest. Source.

Etene Nanai-Seturo – Currently with the NZ 7’s, we believe he is unlikely to play much Super Rugby.
Nepo Laulala – His rd 1 MCL tear will rule him out for 6 weeks. Will return to training after rd 5. Source.
Angus Ta’avou – Originally injured in rd 1, they thought it was a 6 week injury but it is actually a quad tear instead. He now has to consult a surgeon to see if he needs an operation but he could be another 8-12 weeks (after rd 4) without surgery. Source.
Luke Jacobson – Has a “neural” hamstring injury from rd 4. Which basically means it is an irritation of the nerve not an actual tear of his hamstring. Normally only costs players one week on average but the Chiefs say he will at least miss rd 6, maybe another week or two past that. Source.

Ardie Savea
– Knee surgery announced December 1st, looking at an early return, at the earliest round 7. Source.
Salesi Rayasi – Currently with the NZ 7’s, we believe he is unlikely to play much Super Rugby.
Jonah Lowe – Injured his shoulder in the Crusaders trial, the same one from 2019. No info about an expected return date. Source.
Kane Le’aupepe – Has had hip surgery in mid december to repair a torn labrum and remove a CAM impingement. He will be out for 5-6 months. It is worth noting that these injuries vary massively with return to sport time, it could really be 4-9 months! Source.
Reed Prinsep – Pulled pregame rd 3 not sure why. Source.
Fraser Armstrong – Took a knock in rd 3 but not sure what he has done. Source.
Jackson Garden-Bachop – Injured his hand in round 4. Expected to be out for a few weeks with a hand injury. Source.

Sam Whitelock – Apparently he could be back from his sabbatical around May.
Ethan Blackadder – Shoulder dislocation at the end of the Mitre 10 cup. Shoulder surgery means he won’t return before May at the earliest. Source.
Whetu Douglas – Out of rd 3 with 2 broken fingers. No more info but I’d say he is gone for 2-4 weeks at a guess. Source.
Will Jordan – Suffered a groin strain in rd 3 and hasn’t recovered in time to play round 6. Source.
David Havili – Looks like an MCL injury (ligament inside his knee), managed to play on for another 40 minutes but required heavy taping and stopped kicking for goal. A grade 1 injury would have him return after next weeks bye. A grade 2 injury could be 6 weeks!

Beauden Barrett – The star flyhalf/ fullback is due to return from sabattical for rd 7. Source.
Caleb Clarke – Currently with the NZ 7’s, we believe he is unlikely to play much Super Rugby.
Tanielu Tele’a – Dealing with a shoulder injury likely to keep them out of rd 1. No more detail at the moment. Source.
James Tucker – Waiting on scan results for his knee. Source.
Ezekiel Lindenmuth – Unavailable rd 1. Source.
James Parsons – Came off late in rd 4 with what looked like a bad shoulder injury. Could be a dislocation or fractured collar bone.

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Tom Cusack – Concussed in rd 2. Source.

Michael Wood – It sounds like he has cut something significant in his foot in the preason and won’t be back until late March/ April.
Brandon Paenga-Amosa – Sprained his ankle rd 1 and will now consult a surgeon meaning it is likely a high grade injury. Confirmed to miss the 2 week RSA tour but will likely be 6 weeks or more. Source.
Moses Sorovi – Seen limping around on crutches during rd 4. Not sure what the injury is.

James Tuttle – Ruptured his Achilles twice! First in October 2018, and again five months into his rehab. He is now aiming to return for round 1 but thinks he will likely be back a few weeks later. Source.
Reece Hodge – Tore his groin in round 3. Source.
Campbell Magnay – Ruled out before kick off in rd 4, still no word on what he had done when he was ruled out of rd 5.


Sbu Nkosi – Flew home from NZ with a hamstring tear, back for round 6 at the earliest, but we haven’t seen a date. Source.


Ramone Samuels – Suffered a bad leg break in 2019. Coach Dobson says his injury is potentially career threatening because his nerve will not regenerate in his ankle. Source.
Daniël du Plessis – Will miss the first few weeks of Super Rugby. Also missed the Currie Cup. Not sure what his injury is. Source.
Siya Kolisi – Rd 1 grade 3 MCL (inside of the knee) tear. His specialist said he will miss a minimum of 6-8 weeks, it could be much worse if it doesn’t heal well. Source.

Muller Uys – Clashed heads with Kotze and left the field. Was expected to fully recover for rd 1, started light training the Monday after that. Source.
Tim Agaba – Withdrew from round 1 with a neck strain, now also on light duties after that game. Source.
Dylan Sage – Fractured his ankle and will be on the sideline for 3 months following surgery. Meaning he will be aiming for roughly a 5th of May return. Source.
Johan Grobbelaar – Expected to be out for five weeks after undergoing ankle surgery before round 5. Source.

Malcolm Marx – In the middle of a sabbatical in Japan. Due to return to Super Rugby in June. Source.
Gianni Lombard – Tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus trying step someone in round 10 (April). Will be back by the end of March or early April after taking it slow with his rehab.
Rhyno Herbst – Got injured in pre season, will be out for some time. No more details yet. Source.
Reinhard Nothnagel – Has a minor concussion, missed Super hero Sunday. Source.
Darrien Landsberg – Suffering with concussion, no more details but you’d think the two weeks until round 1 should have him as a relatively safe bet to play. Source.
Jaco Kriel – Won’t feature in Lions the team before March or April, as he is currently recovering from an ankle injury. Source.
Francke Horn – Grade 2 ankle sprain from Super Hero Sunday. This will keep him out for about 6 weeks on average. Meaning he should return after the Australasian tour. Source.

Agustin Creevy – Pulled pregame rd 3 after failing to recover from a bicep injury. Won’t travel to South Africa, they tour for three weeks so we don’t know if he will miss the full tour. Source.
Bautista Delguy – Tore his left adductor (groin) in rd 4 and will miss at least round 5 and 6. Source.
Tomas Cubelli – Injured his adductor muscle (groin). Expected to miss three weeks putting his return in round 8. Source. Thanks Paul Tait!
Felipe Ezcurra – Unfit for rd 5. Source.
Javier Ortega Desio – Flown home mid week before round 4 after taking a knock in training. Not sure of the severity but he should at least miss the round 5 and 6 tour.

Jordan Jackson-Hope – Came off in rd 4 with a right knee injury. Out for 6 weeks. Thanks Rich Freeman!!

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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.
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.
Nathan Harris (Chiefs) – Announced on the 15th of January that he has had a shoulder operation to repair his rotator cuff. Out for at least six months and all of Super Rugby. Source.

Les Leulua’iali’i-Makin (Brumbies) – ruled out of Super Rugby season after rupturing his Achilles on the 25th of January. Source.
Jordan Petaia (Reds) – Dislocated his shoulder after round 2, has had shoulder surgery so will miss the season.

Werner Kok (Sharks) – Won’t join the Sharks until August 2020. Source.
Warren Whiteley (Lions) – Has been ruled out of Super Rugby 2020 due to an ongoing knee injury. He is apparently still on a lot of pain. This sounds a lot like an arthritic or chronically swollen knee. Source.
Cyle Brink (Lions) – Ruptured Achilles tendon, will be gone for around 6 months. Done for the season. Source.
Bongi Mbonambi (Stormers) – Ruptured his hamstring in rd 1 and had surgery after rd 2. Gone for the season. Source.
Matías Orlando (Jaguares) – Had shoulder surgery before rd 2 and will be out for roughly 5 months (so we assume it was a shoulder reconstruction). Should be done for the year. Source.

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Written by your local rugby nerd Harrison Dale.