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Casualty Ward Super Rugby Trans Tasman Rd 2

After two weeks of Super Rugby Trans Tasman the competition is starting to take shape, and so is the Casualty Ward. We are here to keep you up to date with 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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Returned from injury (Trans Tasman Rd 2):

Josh Ioane (Highlanders) – Returned from his ankle injury in the starting jersey after Gilbert got pulled late.
Shannon Frizell (Highlanders) – Missed last week after allegedly being involved in an assault on a woman at a Dunedin bar.
Atu Moli (Chiefs) – Had surgery on both hips for impingement, came off the bench to play his first game since 2019.
Sione Havili (Crusaders) – Suffered a concussion in the grand final warm-up. Came back off the bench.
Will Jordan (Crusaders) – Missed last week with a minor foot injury, came back at fullback this week.
Mitch Drummond (Crusaders) – Back after being rested last week.
Alex Hodgman (Blues) – Came back from a high tackle 3 week ban via the bench.
Patrick Tuipulotu (Blues) – Recovered from a neck injury from the bench.
Dalton Papalii (Blues) – Back from a knee via the bench.
Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes) – Back after being rested last week.

Jack Dempsey (Waratahs) – Back on the bench after suffering a stress fracture in his foot in rd 5.
Trevor Hosea (Rebels) – Back from a 2 game ban.
Isi Naisarani (Rebels) – Back from a 3 game ban.
Harry Wilson (Reds) – Back from a concussion.
Alex Mafi (Reds) – Back from a concussion.
Hunter Paisami (Reds) – Back from fracturing his cheek to start at centre.
Tom Cusack (Brumbies) – Back from a hamstring injury via the bench.
Connal McInerney (Brumbies) – Back from a bad ankle injury he sustained way back in rd 3 of Super Rugby AU.

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Likely back this week (Trans Tasman Rd 3):

Naitoa Ah Koui (Chiefs) – Was rested for round 1 & 2 of Trans Tasman because he was banged up from the grand final. Source. We have also heard rumours of a neck injury. Source.
Scott Barrett (Crusaders) – Was scratched from rd 1 after feeling unwell, doing more tests but hopeful of playing rd 3. Source.
Ruben Love (Hurricanes) – Taken off on a stretcher in rd 1 but was later cleared of serious neck injury. Likely to miss one week so he should be back. Source.
Ardie Savea (Hurricanes) – Damaged his MCL in rd 6 and is said to be out for 6-8 weeks. Originally targeting Rd 4 of Trans Tasman but a chance to play rd 3. Source.

Pone Fa’amausili (Rebels) – Also given a 3-week ban for his red card in rd 9. Should have been back for Trans Tasman rd 2.
Josh Flook (Reds) – Failed a concussion in rd 1, missed last week so we suspect he could play if he makes the 23. Source.
Toni Pulu (Western Force) – Red carded for a shoulder charge to the head in rd 10. Banned for 3 weeks, back in rd 3 of Trans Tasman.
Nic White (Brumbies) – Expected back from his hip flexor injury. Source.
Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco (Waratahs) – Back from Japan and expected to play in rd 3. Source.

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New Injuries (Trans Tasman Rd 2):

Sam Gilbert (Highlanders) – Pulled pregame with a mild hamstring twinge in warm up. Source.
Tupou Vaa’i (Chiefs) – Came off after being poked in the eye. In some doubt to play this weekend. Source.
Jonah Lowe (Chiefs) – “Should be fine” after a tight hamstring forced him off in the 53rd minute. Source.
Angus Ta’avao (Chiefs) – Currently on the sideline with a groin strain that previously had not been mentioned. Source

Jake McIntyre (Western Force) – Concussion. Will go through normal protocols. Source.
Jeremy Thrush (Western Force) – “Pulled up lame” on the morning of the game and failed a fitness test. Source.
Max Douglas (Waratahs) – Came off after just 3 minutes with a wrist injury. Source.
Lalakai Foketi (Waratahs) – Came off with a concussion
Izaia Perese (Waratahs) – Pulled prematch with a groin injury. Source.
Alex Mafi (Reds) – Only lasted ten minutes before coming back off the field.

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Ongoing Injury List:


Western Force
Byron Ralston – Taken from the field on a stretcher after being knocked out making a tackle in rd 8. Going through concussion protocols. Source.
Tomas Lezana – Missed rd 8 with a foot injury. No word on the severity. Source. May sign soon for the Scarlets. Source.

Jahrome Brown – Came off with a shoulder injury in rd 6 apparently his season is all but over. Source.
James Tucker – Came off with a rib injury in rd 9 that puts him in doubt for Super Rugby AU. The signing of Stowers suggests he is done for the year. Source.
Pete Samu – Suffered a knee injury and missed the grand final. Won’t go on the tour to Nz. Source.
James Slipper – Reinjured his MCL in rd 10. Was desperate to play the grand final but apparently the scans showed more damage than expected. Won’t go on the tour to Nz. Source.
Andy Muirhead – Came off with a right ankle injury in the grand final. Tried to play with it for 10 minutes but could not. Likely 4-8 weeks in my opinion. Won’t go on the Brumbies 3 week tour of NZ. Source.Check out my twitter summary here.
Cadeyrn Neville – Injured his shoulder in the grand final and won’t play in the first 3 weeks of Trans Tasman. Source.

Jordan Petaia – Tore his quad in the final and will be out for 6 weeks. Source.

Emosi Tuqiri – Out with a lower-body injury. Source.
Kailea Isaac Aedo – Suffered a shoulder injury. Not sure what he has done.
Reece Hodge – Had his knee hyperextended by Anstee in rd 8. Tore his MCL and expected to be out for 10-12 weeks. Source.
Dane Haylett-Petty – Concussion symptoms returned in Grand final week at training without a head knock. Source.

Robbie Abel – Has an ankle injury and isn’t back training two weeks out from round 1. Source.
Joey Walton – Limped off with an ankle injury in rd 1. Could miss up to three months so we might not see him again this season. Source.
Sam Wykes – Suffered an elbow/ bicep injury in rd 6. Not sure of the severity but it looked sore! Source.
James Ramm – Dislocated his shoulder in SR AU rd 10, no word on if he is having an operation yet, but he should miss at least 6 weeks. Source.

Toni Brown has let out that there is no set plan to rest All Blacks this year – Source.

Daniel Lienert-Brown (Highlanders) – Came off with a bad-looking shoulder injury. Aiming to be back near the end of Trans Tasman. Source.

Laghlan McWhannell – Currently has a knee injury which we assume is still the patella tendon debridement from last year. Word is that he has had further surgery. Missed all of 2020 and now has had an injury replacement brought in so we assume he is out for some time. Source.
Quinn Tupaea – Ruptured his MCL (knee) in rd 7. He will be out for up to 8 weeks. Source.
Sean Wainui – Came off with a hamstring injury in rd 10, but missed rd 2 of Trans Tasman with a shoulder injury. Source.
Mitch Brown – Picked up an ankle sprain before half time and isn’t available this week coming. Source.
Samipeni Finau – Been out of contention for the last three games due to a shoulder problem. No word on if he will be back in rd 3. Source.

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. Aiming to play for the Turbo’s in preason on July 23. Source.
Tevita Mafileo – Picked up a knee injury after he was hit late and high during a Hurricanes try movement. Didn’t play rd 2. Source.

Joe Moody – Apparently out for 4-5 months with an injury to his plantarfascia. Source.
Tom Sanders – Broke his nose and failed a concussion test in rd 1. Expected to play rd 4. Source.

Ray Niuia – Had a knee injury that cost him his 2020 season. Still struggling with a knee injury this year. Source.
Josiah Maraku – Listed as injured before the last preseason game. No other details yet. Source.
Sam Darry – Is injured and won’t play in rd 1 of Trans Tasman No more details yet. Source.

Gone for the season:

Andrew Makalio (Crusaders) – has been ruled out of the 2021 Super Rugby season due to a neck injury. Source.
Tom Christie (Crusaders) – Dislocated his shoulder in rd 3 and will have surgery. He won’t play again this year. Return to sport is roughly 6 months. Source.
Jack Goodhue (Crusaders) – Has torn his ACL, PCL and MCL against the Hurricanes and won’t play rugby again in 2021 as he goes under the knife. Source.
George Bridge (Crusaders) – Missed rd 2, and will miss the rest of the season with apendicitis. Source.
Jermaine Ainsley (Highlanders) – Ruled out for the majority of SR Aotearoa due to a high ankle sprain sustained the week before the first trial. Source.
Fetuli Paea (Highlanders) – Ruled out of the rest of the season after injuring his ankle in the last preseason trial. Source.
Freedom Vahaakolo (Highlanders) – Broke his left foot in training during the week and is out for the season. Source.
Thomas Umaga-Jenson (Highlanders) – Out for the season after breaking his arm in rd 6. Expected to recover in 12 weeks. Source.
Folau Fakatava (Highlanders) – Ruptured his ACL and he will be gone for the season. Source.
Connor Garden-Bachop (Highlanders) – Broke his wrist and is out for the rest of the season. Source.
Liam Squire (Highlanders) – Has flared up his knee injury and is out for the season. Source.
Marino Mikaele-Tu’u (Highlanders) – Was ruled out for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his leg. Source.
Simon Hickey (Hurricanes) – Tore his ACL in preseason and will miss the entire 2021 season. Orbyn Leger is likely to get a full contract as injury cover. Source.
Jackson Garden-Bachop (Hurricanes) – Had surgery on his achilles tear, ruling him out for up to 9 months. Source.
James Parsons (Blues) – Retiring on medical advice, after being out of the game for several months from a head injury. Source.
Jone Macalai (Blues) – Listed as injured before the last preseason game. apparently out for the year. Source.
Dillon Hunt (Blues) – Listed as injured before the last preseason game. Apparently out with a long-term concussion. Source.
Emoni Narawa (Blues) – Gone for all of Trans Tasman with an unkown injury. Source
Etene Nanai-Seturo (Chiefs) – Will not play Trans Tasman after going back to sevens. Source.
Kini Naholo (Chiefs) – Will miss the entire 2021 Super Rugby campaign with injury.
Sam Cane (Chiefs) – Ruptured his pec tendon in rd 4, had surgery and is gone for six months. Source.
Kaylum Boshier (Chiefs) – Dislocated his shoulder in rd 9 and will have a reconstruction operation. Out for 6 months. Source.
Mitchell Karpik (Chiefs) – Suffered a knee injury and is having an arthroscopy (surgery) which will rule him out for 2-3 months. We suspect it would be a meniscus injury given the time frame. Source.
Simon Parker (Chiefs) – Had surgery on April 15th for a plantar plate repair (under his big toe), is expected to be out for 6 months. Source.
Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs) – As of rd 6 he is not training with the squad as he deals with some personal issues. Has now been replaced for Trans Tasman. Source.

Julian Montoya (Western Force) – Couldn’t get a visa for his wife so is no longer join the Force. He is joining Leicester Tigers instead. Source.
Rhys van Nek (Rebels) – The young prop is out for the season with a hamstring injury. Source.

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Written by your local rugby nerd Harrison Dale.