The Casualty Ward Rd 6

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Returning from injury (Rd 6):

Quinten Strange (Crusaders) – Back from a broken hand via the bench.
Scott Barrett (Crusaders) – Back from a round 3 MCL sprain.
Oli Jager (Crusaders) – Back from a rd 3 concussion via the bench.
Gerard Cowley-Tuioti (Blues) – Returned from a shoulder injury via the bench.
James Parsons (Blues) – Came back from a shoulder injury fof the bench far earlier than expected.

Darcy Swain (Brumbies) – Recovered from a Shoulder injury and the Mumps to play off the bench.
Tom Cusack (Brumbies) – Back from a rd 2 concussion to play off the bench.
Filipo Daugunu (Reds) – Back from his preseason ban, played 33 minutes and looked a real threat.

Sbu Nkosi (Sharks) – Returned on the wing after recovering from a hamstring injury. Had a head knock scare but ended up returning to play.
Muller Uys (Bulls) – Returned from concussion to start at 8.
Matias Alemanno (Jaguares) – Returned from a pec tear to start at lock.

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New Injuries (Rd 6):

David Havili (Crusaders) – Had a foreign object removed from his stomach before rd 6 and is expected to spend some time on the sidelines. Source.
Andrew Makalio (Crusaders) – Sidelined for this week with a calf injury. Source.
Sam Cane (Chiefs) – Came off due to a haematoma (bad bruise). At worst this seems to cost people a week or two but often they play the next week. Source.
Tyler Ardron (Chiefs) – Ruled out of round 7 through infection. Source.
Jona Nareki (Highlanders) – Came off after heavy knocks to his back and ribs. Has been flown home and will miss rd 7. Source.
Ayden Johnstone (Highlanders) – Came off with concussion. Has been flown home and will miss rd 7. Source.
Siate Tokolahi (Highlanders) – Came off with concussion but has flown to play rd 7.
Jesse Parete (Highlanders) – Not injured but will be rested in rd 7. Source.
Liam Coltman (Highlanders) – Not injured but will be rested in rd 7. Source.
Aaron Smith (Highlanders) – Not injured but will be rested in rd 7. Source.
Tyrel Lomax (Hurricanes) – Banned for three weeks starting round 7 for trying to take another players head off. Source.
Xavier Numia (Hurricanes) – Recovering from a head knock and won’t play round 7. Source.
Tom Robinson (Blues) – Rested this week with a minor head knock. Source.

Toni Pulu (Brumbies) – Came off after injuring his shoulder scoring a try. Source.
Richard Hardwick (Rebels) – Came off at half time with what we thought was a blood bin, but did not return.
Hunter Paisami (Reds) – Injured his knee in rd 6 and will miss at least a month. Source.

Jamba Ulengo (Lions) – Severe quad contusion. Will play again this week. Source.
Wandisile Simelane (Lions) – Grade I MCL tear right knee. Will be assessed later in the week. Source.
Santiago Socino (Jaguares) – Cited for foul play for stomping on someones head. Source.

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Likely back for this week (Rd 7):

Billy Harmon (Crusaders) – Picked up a MCL strain against the Hurricanes in preseason but back training and was expected to play round 6. Source.
Whetu Douglas (Crusaders) – Out of rd 3 with 2 broken fingers, back off the bench this week. Source.
Finlay Christie (Blues) – Was aiming to return from a neck injury for rd 6, no update yet. 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 so he could play this week. Source.
Josh Goodhue (Blues) – Left the field with an ankle injury rd 3. Hasn’t gone on tour to South Africa for 2 weeks, originally aiming to play round 6. Source.
Sio Tomkinson (Highlanders) – Banned for 3 weeks a shoulder charge on Tom Banks. Has been flown over to play. Source.
Josh Dickson (Highlanders) – Came off with a shoulder injury in rd 4. Flown over to play this week. Source.
Atu Moli (Chiefs) – Missed last week through illness. Source.

Izack Rodda (Reds) – Was given last week off to recover from a niggly ankle injury.
Rob Simmons (Waratahs) – Twisted his ankle in round 5. Looks like to return in rd 7. Source.
Mark Nawaqanitawase (Waratahs) – Expected to return from his back injury this week. Source.
James O’Connor (Reds) – Missed round 6 after spraining his ankle a week earlier. Sounds like he could play this week. Source.

Burger Odendaal (Bulls) – Injured his ankle in rd 4 but has been named in the touring squad for this week. Source.
Louis van der Westhuizen (Bulls) – Recovered from an ankle injury to go on tour this week. Source.
Bautista Delguy ( Jaguares) – Tore his left adductor (groin) in rd 4, back in the mix this week. Source.
Felipe Ezcurra (Jaguares) – Back in the mix this week after missing the last 2 weeks. Source.
Agustin Creevy (Jaguares) – Pulled pregame rd 3 after failing to recover from a bicep injury. Back in the mix this week. 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.
Pari Pari Parkinson – Still battling an ankle issue and will miss the South Africa and Argentina tour. Back rd 8 at the earliest. Source.
Rob Thompson – Ruled out of rd 6 and 7 with a groin strain. 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.
Will Jordan – Suffered a groin strain in rd 3 and hasn’t recovered in time to play round 6. Source.

Beauden Barrett – The star flyhalf/ fullback is due to return from sabattical for rd 11. Source.
Caleb Clarke – Currently with the NZ 7’s, we believe he is unlikely to play much Super Rugby.
James Tucker – Waiting on scan results for his knee. Source.
Ezekiel Lindenmuth – Unavailable rd 1. Source.

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Folau Faingaa – Ruled out since round 4 with a toe injury, no word on the severity but surely a chance this week.

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, aiming to return afte the rd 7 bye. 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.
Luke Jones – 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!

Jake Gordon – Tore his hamstring in round 5. Will miss round 7 so it sounds like he could play the following week. Source.
Ned Hanigan – Still out with concussion since the start of the season as of rd 7. Source.
Tom Robertson – Missed rd 6 with a back injury. 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.
Pieter-Steph du Toit – 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.

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.
Simiphiwe Matanzima (Bulls) – Was originally targeting a round 6 return from an AC joint injury, but now not on tour for rds 7-10. 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.
Tim Agaba – Withdrew from round 1 with a neck strain, now also on light duties after that game. Source.
Jaco Kriel – Won’t feature in Lions the team before the end of March or April, as he recovers 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 around rd 9. Source.
Vincent Tshituka – Injured his ankle in rd 5, having surgery to repair the ruptured ligaments in his ankle. I expect him to miss at least three months. Source.
Roelof Smit – Sustained a quad injury at training around rd 5. Source.

Tomas Cubelli – Injured his adductor muscle (groin). Expected to miss three weeks putting his return in round 8. Source. Thanks Paul Tait
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.
Tanielu Tele’a (Blues) – Had a shoulder injury after round 6 and is out for the 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.
James Lentjes (Highlanders) – Fracture dislocated his ankle in rd 5, will have surgery and is gone for the season. Expected recovery is 6-9 months. 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.