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Casualty Ward Super Rugby Trans Tasman Rd 4

Only one week left before the Grand Final of Super Rugby Trans Tasman! With any competition wrapping up the injuries start to mount, but never fear, The Casualty Ward is 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 3):

Ruben Love (Hurricanes) – Taken off on a stretcher in rd 1. Recovered from a shoulder injury and concussion to start at 10.
Sam Gilbert (Highlanders) – Pulled pregame rd 2 with a mild hamstring twinge in warm-up. Made his comeback via the bench.
Tom Sanders (Crusaders) – Broke his nose and failed a concussion test in rd 1. Came off the bench this week.
Braydon Ennor (Crusaders) – Pulled up with a sore shoulder from a big hit on Hunter Paisami and was pulled from the starting side late before rd 3. Recovered to start this week. Source.
Ofa Tuungafasi (Blues) – Was given rd 3 off to nurse niggling hand and knee injuries and started this week.

Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco (Waratahs) – Played shoot shield in rd 3, played his first game for the Tahs off the bench.
Robbie Abel (Waratahs) – Finally back from his ankle injury that has kept him out of the side all season.
Jake McIntyre (Western Force) – Back from the bench after his concussion in rd 2.
Josh Flook (Reds) – Joined the bench late after missing the last 2 weeks with a concussion.

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Likely back this week (Trans Tasman Rd 5):

Brodie McAlister (Crusaders) – Suffered a concussion in rd 2. You’d think he will be right this week. Source.
Ethan Blackadder (Crusaders) – Suffered a concussion in rd 2. You’d think he will be right this week. Source.
Asafo Aumua (Hurricanes) – Came off with a concussion in rd 3 so we think he will be back.
Sean Wainui (Chiefs) – Came off with a hamstring injury in rd 10 and missed rd 2 of Trans Tasman with a shoulder injury. Source.

Tetera Faulkner (Waratahs) – Pulled late from the bench in rd 3 and wasn’t fit for rd 4 due to a back injury, still in some doubt for this week. Source.
James Ramm (Waratahs) – Dislocated his shoulder in SR AU rd 10, back for the final game of the year.
Hugh Sinclair (Waratahs) – Suffered a shoulder injury in rd 2 which ruled him out of rd 3. Source.
Bryce Hegarty (Reds) – Pulled late before rd 4 with a slight hamstring strain. Playing 10 this week.

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New Injuries (Trans Tasman Rd 4):

Josh Lord (Chiefs) – Came off with a concussion and couldn’t see out of one way. Source.
Mitch Brown (Chiefs) – Came off for a head knock but passed his HIA. Apparently will still have to pass testing this week. Source.
Quinten Strange (Crusaders) – Pulled late with a sore neck before rd 3 and didn’t recover for rd 4. Source.

Matt Toomua (Rebels) – Pulled midweek with a neck injury. Source.
Stacey Ili (Rebels) – Has returned to Melbourne’s lockdown for personal reasons. Source.
James O’Connor (Reds) – Pulled midweek with a neck injury after getting stingers the last few games. Source.
Suliasi Vunivalu (Reds) – Pulled his hamstring chasing a Harry Wilson kick down the sideline. Bad enough to rule him out of the France series. Source.
Tim Anstee (Western Force) – Came off with a shoulder injury and is in doubt for this weekend. Source.
Toni Pulu (Western Force) – In doubt for rd 5 with a foot injury. Source.
Harry Johnson-Holmes (Waratahs) – Pulled up with a neck injury midweek and missed rd 4, still in some doubt for this week. Source.
Dave Porecki (Waratahs) – Came off with a calf injury. Will apparently be pushed to be fit for the France series. Source.
Darcy Breen (Waratahs) – The young Waratahs prop came off with a neck injury. Source.
Jake Gordon (Waratahs) – Suffered an MCL (knee) injury. Will apparently be pushed to be fit for the France series. Source.

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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.
Rob Kearney – Suffered a concussion in rd 3 so we suspect he will be fit this week.

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. Apparently unlikely to play in the France test series. Source.
Alex Mafi – Only lasted ten minutes in rd 2 before coming back off the field after Harry Wilson’s try. No idea what he did.
Jock Campbell – Missed last week with a groin complaint. Apparently it is oseitis pubis, despite claims that it isn’t serious, I suspect they will manage it cautiously with the season nearing its end. 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.
Pone Fa’amausili – 3-week ban for his red card in rd 9. Should be back but we haven’t heard anything about why he is missing.
Lachie Anderson (Rebels) – rejoined the Olympic Sevens program. Source.
Lewis Holland (Rebels) – rejoined the Olympic Sevens program. Source.
Campbell Magnay (Rebels) – Suffering ongoing migraines as of rd 4. 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.
Max Douglas – Came off after just 3 minutes with a wrist injury in rd 2 and was no chance of playing rd 3. Source.
Angus Bell – Missed rd 4 and 5 through illness. Source.
Ben Donaldson – Pulled his groin kicking a ball in the 22nc minute and subbed off shortly after. He has announced on Instagram that his season is over.

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

Daniel Lienert-Brown – Came off with a bad-looking shoulder injury. Aiming to be back near the end of Trans Tasman. Source.
Shannon Frizell – Sprained his ankle in rd 3. Gone for around 6 weeks. 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.
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.
Damian McKenzie – Given a red card for a direct shoulder charge to the head of McDermott in rd 3. Banned for 3 weeks. Source.
Naitoa Ah Kuoi – The minor neck injury that has taken 3 extra weeks to get better still didn’t come good for rd 5. Source.
Jonah Lowe – “Should be fine” after a tight hamstring forced him off in the 53rd minute rd 2. Famous last words given we didn’t see him again. 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.
Peter Umaga-Jensen – The commentators said he came off with an arm injury in rd 3. We didn’t see anything on tv though.

Joe Moody – Apparently out for 4-5 months with an injury to his plantarfascia. 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 – Has a “head injury” and hasn’t played in the first 3 rds of Trans Tasman. No more details yet. Source.
Josh Goodhue – Came off with an ankle injury in rd 3 and was seen on the sidelines in a boot. You’d suggest we won’t see him again for at least a few weeks. Source.
Sam Nock – Wasn’t available in rd 3 due to a hip injury. 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.
Jamie Booth (Hurricanes) – 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.
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.