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Casualty Ward Super Rugby Pacific Rd 9

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Returned in Rd 9:

Tamati Ioane (Rebels) – Returned from his rd 5 concussion.
Will Harrison (Waratahs) – Back from a quad injury.
Jake Gordon (Waratahs) – Back from a hamstring injury in rd 4.
Angus Scott-Young (Reds) – Made his comeback via the bench from a rd 2 MCL (knee) injury.
Suliasi Vunivalu (Reds) – Back from a hamstring tear via the bench.
Byron Ralston (Force) – Back after being pulled pregame in rd 8.

Henry Taefu (Moana) – Back after being pulled from the starting line late in the makeup game between rd 6 and 7. Ray Niuia (Moana) – Back after being pulled from the starting line late in the makeup game between rd 6 and 7.
Michael Curry (Moana) – Back after being pulled pregame rd 7 with COVID.
Anzelo Tuitavuki (Moana) – Back after being pulled pregame rd 7 with COVID.
Tomasi Alosio (Moana) – Back from a round 7 concussion.
Mitch Brown (Chiefs) – Returned from preseason surgery.
Shaun Stevenson (Chiefs) – Played after being eased back into training after having COVID.
Jonah Lowe (Chiefs) – Played after being eased back into training after having COVID.
Tupou Vaa’i (Chiefs) – Started this week after sitting out his 10-day concussion protocol.
Isaia Walker-Leawere (Hurricanes) – Back from a shoulder injury.
TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) – Back after being pulled pregame rd 8 with a back injury.
Asafo Aumua (Hurricanes) – Back after being pulled pregame rd 8.
Pablo Matera (Crusader) – Back after being pulled pregame rd 8.
Billy Harmon (Highlanders) – Back from a right shoulder operation in October via the bench.
Thomas Umaga-Jensen (Highlanders) – Made a comeback from his groin injury.
Finlay Christie (Blues) – Pulled pregame rd 9 with an unknown injury but was fit for rd 9.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Blues) – Back via the bench after an injury in rd 3.
Nepo Laulala (Blues) – Made his comeback from a red card ban.

Likely back this week (Rd 10):

Ben Donaldson (Waratahs) – Tweaked his calf against the Force. Was a chance for rd 9 but they have given him the extra week.
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (Reds) – Was aiming to return from an ankle injury in rd 9 but didn’t play. Source.
Jock Campbell (Reds) – Fractured his hand in rd 6 and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. Source. Was originally aiming for rd 9. Source.
Seru Uru (Reds) – Suffered a high ankle sprain (syndesmosis) in round 6. Was originally aiming to play rd 9. Source.
George Blake (Reds) – The Hooker is due back this week. Source.
Noah Lolesio (Brumbies) – Suffered an ankle sprain in rd 5. Now targetting a rd 10 return. Source.
Rob Leota (Rebels) – Out with a hamstring injury to start the season. Aiming to play rd 10-11. Source.

Manu Paea (Moana) – Pulled from the starting line late in the makeup game between rd 6 and 7. We assume this was due to COVID which means he could return in rd 8 or 9.
Laghlan Mcwhannell (Chiefs) – Came off with a concussion in rd 7 so may be available this week.
Josh Ioane (Chiefs) – Took a big shot to his ribs in rd 7. The return date is unknown but we would get it is between rd 9 and 11 given the injury. Source.
Sione Mafileo (Chiefs) – Expected to be back via this week after being pulled late rd 7 with a sore back.
Akira Ioane (Blues) – Should be back from his round 2 Lisfranc Injury. Source.
Jack Goodhue (Crusaders) – Ruptured his ACL in April 2021. It sounds like he is targeting a 12-month return, meaning he will miss a large amount of SR Pacifika. Source.
Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) – Set to miss the next four weeks of Super Rugby with a broken finger. This puts his return at rd 11. Source.

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New Injuries (Rd 9):

Richard Hardwick (Rebels) – Came off with what is suspected to be a serious injury.
Feleti Kaitu’u (Force) – Ruled out pregame with a calf injury. Source.
Bayley Kuenzle (Force) – Ruled out pregame with gastro. Source.
Jeremy Thrush (Force) – Ruled out pregame due to soreness. Source.
Toni Pulu (Force) – Ruled out pregame with concussion symptoms. Source.
Izack Rodda (Force) – Was isolating under close contact protocols. Source.
Issak Fines-Leleiwasa (Force) – Was isolating under close contact protocols. Source.
Isaac Henry (Reds) – Has a hamstring injury and will be out long term. Source.
Zane Nonggorr (Reds) – Injured his knee and will be out for 6+ weeks. Source.
Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies) – Has a neck injury that is seen as a week to week proposition. Source.

James O’Reilly (Hurricanes) – Pulled pregame in the midweek match between rd 8 and 9. Source.
Devan Flanders (Hurricanes) – Injured his knee in the first 20 minutes between rd 8 and 9. Source.
Tyrel Lomax (Hurricanes) – Listed as unavailable due after the midweek rd 8/9 game. Source.
Du’Plessis Kirifi (Hurricanes) – Listed as unavailable due after the midweek rd 8/9 game. Source.
Asafo Aumua (Hurricanes) – Banned for 3 weeks after a high cleanout on Gareth Evans. Source.
Ruben Love (Hurricanes) – Listed as unavailable for rd 10. Source.
Brayden Iose (Hurricanes) – Listed as unavailable for rd 10. Source.
Pepesana Patafilo (Hurricanes) – Listed as unavailable for rd 10. Source.
Josh Dickson (Highlanders) – Red carded for a shoulder charge to the head of Mafileo. Given a 3 week ban. Source.
Denny Solomona (Highlanders) – Came off after 16 minutes with a hamstring strain after making a cover tackle. It is still unclear how long he will be out far. Source.
Mikaele Tu’u (Highlanders) – Pulled pregame after injuring his hamstring in warm-up. Not expected to be out for too long. Source.
Emoni Narawa (Chiefs) – Pulled pregame rd 8 and 9.
Shooter Stevenson (Chiefs) – Injured his right knee as he twisted in a tackle. Was seen with a brace on later during the game. Expected to be out for 2-3 weeks. Source.
Brad Weber (Chiefs) – Waiting on a diagnosis but could be out for 2-3 weeks. Source.
Alex Hodgman (Blues) – Concussed after having his head taken off by a Scott Barrett shoulder charge. Misses rd 11 going through the concussion protocols. Source.
Finlay Christie (Blues) – Came off with a concussion. Misses rd 11 going through the concussion protocols. Source.
Josh Goodhue (Blues) – Will be out for several weeks with a broken thumb. Source.
Scott Barrett (Crusaders) – Will face a judiciary for his high tackle.
Joe Moody (Crusaders) – Came off injured after 34 minutes with a knee injury. Waiting on scan results but he will miss at least 4 weeks, maybe the season. Source.

Ongoing Injury List:


Western Force
Tom Robertson – Injured his calf in rd 4 and not listed for rd 5. Source.

Chris Feauai-Sautia – Suffered a hamstring injury at training on Wednesday before rd 5. Source.
Tom Banks – Copped a red card and fractured his cheek at the same time. Could be back as soon as round 11. Source.
Jesse Mogg – Suffered a knee injury in rd 7 (we suspect a PCL injury given he jumped and landed on the point of his knee). Apparently out for at least 6 weeks so could return for rd 14. Source.

Dane Zander – Copped a red card for a head-high tackle in rd 6 and was given a three-week ban. Back for rd 11. Source.
Alex Mafi – Had two bones in his neck fused after rd 3. Expected to be out for 12 weeks. We think it could end his season. Source.
Ilaisa Droasese – Still in Fiji living the good life. Has not turned up to training yet as of round 6.
Liam Wright – Pulled from the side during the rd 7 warm-up after hurting his ankle. Had surgery for a syndesmosis injury around rd 8, apparently he is trying to get back for the last week or two of the competition.
Tuaina Tali Tualima – Copped a red card in rd 7 and will serve a 3 week ban. Should be available for rd 12. Source.

Trevor Hosea – Fractured his foot. Aiming to return Rd 12-13. Source.
Pone Fa’amausili – Struggling with a calf injury. Aiming to return rd 11-12. Source.
Josh Kemeny – Expected to miss the majority of the season coming back from an ACL injury. Source
Joe Pincus – Has a groin injury. Return date is still TBC. Source.
Ross Haylett-Petty – Suffering with concussion, hopefully back in rd 8 but like Ioane it is getting harder to know where he is at. Source.
Jeral Skelton – We now know he has been recovering from an ACL injury and was aiming for rd 8. Source.
Ray Nu’u – Was given a red card for a high tackle on Stander in rd 8. Banned for 3 weeks but could be reduced to 2 weeks if he applies to go through the “Head Contact Process Coaching Intervention”. Source.

Ned Hanigan – Playing in Japan until the end of their 2022 season. Expected back in 3 weeks as of rd 8. Source.
Mosese Tuipulotu – The young centre is injured and won’t be available to play. Will be out until at least rd 11. Source.
Lachie Swinton – Hurt his shoulder late in the drought-breaking win over the Drua. His return date is still undecided as he recovers from a nerve injury, but he isn’t expected to return any time soon as of rd 8. Source.
Max Douglas – Pulled from the side late before rd 4 with an injury. He isn’t listed as unavailable by the Waratahs. Source.
Jeremy Williams – Tore his hamstring pilfering a ball and being forced into an overstretch type injury. Generally, I fear the worst for these ones, but he had the ice on his mid hamstring, so fingers crossed it is no more than 4-6 weeks. The Tahs are saying he is aiming for rd 11 or later. Source.

Solomon Alaimalo – Tony Brown said he was again unavailable due to personal reasons. There is no timeframe on his return. Source.
Rory van Vugt – Broke his wrist in the trial of three halves on the 12th Feb. We suspect he will be out for six weeks. Source.
Christian Lio-Willie – Broke his hand in the lead up to their final trial. We suspect he will be out for roughly the first four weeks of Super Rugby. Source.
Josh Timu – Tore his PCL in rd 2 and will miss 6 weeks. Wasn’t name dropped as likely to play rd 9 though. Source.
Liam Coombes-Fabling – Came off with a knee injury that will keep him out for between 2 and 6 weeks. Source.
Shannon Frizell – Tore his MCL in rd 8 so he will most likely be out for 2 months. Source.
Manaaki Selby-Rickit – Tore his MCL (knee) in rd 8. The coach said he thought he could be gone for the season. Source.

Simon Parker – Out with a niggly injury that could have him out long term as of rd 7. Source.
Gideon Wrampling – Picked up an injury in the NPC and had surgery. Could be back in rd 9 or 10. Source.
Brodie Retallick – Came off with a fractured thumb in rd 6. Could be out for 8 weeks, which would make him touch and go for finals. Source.

Owen Franks – The returning All Black was originally said to miss the entire season with an Achilles rupture and repair. Source. Now he is aiming to return on April 8th against the Hurricanes. Source.
Dominic Bird – His shoulder surgery is now expected to take him until late July. Source.
Dane Coles – Is apparently struggling with a calf injury. His return date has now been pushed back to at least rd 8. Source.

Brodie McAlister – Injured his calf in rd 6. Could be out for 6 weeks. Source.
Shilo Klein – Copped a rd 7 red card for a shoulder to de Groot’s head. Will face a 3 week ban. Back rd 12. Source.
Quinten Strange – Went down badly with what looked like a big calf tear in rd 8. Should be out for up to 8 weeks. Source.

Caleb Clarke – Got a red card in rd 7 for jumping to charge down a ball and connecting with the opposition’s head. Banned for 3 weeks so will return in rd 12. Source.
Sam Nock – Will be sidelined for up to three weeks from rd 8 with a broken bone in his hand (back rd 12). Source.


Fiji Drua
Ratu Rotuisolia – Came off after only 19 minutes clutching at his hamstring in rd 4.
Nemani Nagusa – Banned for 4 weeks in rd 7 from his high tackle. Back rd 13. Source.
Vinaya Habosi – Left the field gingerly in rd 8. Not sure if he was just subbed or injured.
Chris Minimbi – Pulled pregame. rd 8

Moana Pasifika
Sekope Kepu – Came off injured in rd 8 and won’t play rd 9. Source.
Luteru Tolai – Came off injured in rd 8 and won’t play rd 9. Source.

Gone for the season:

Alivereti Veitokani (Drua) – Has a major knee injury. Expected to return to rugby in 2023. Source.
Joey Walton (Waratahs) – Has done his second ACL in only his second session back for the Waratahs back in October 21. Will miss the entire SR Pacifika season. Source.
Josh Nasser (Reds) – Injured his pec in rd 7 and will be out for the season. Source.

Dillon Hunt (Blues) – Forced into early retirement due to Concussion. Source.
Harry Plummer (Blues) – Has already had surgery n his shoulder and will miss the rest of the year. Source.
Patelesio Tomkinson (Highlanders) – will miss the entirety of the inaugural Super Rugby Pacific season after injuring his foot while playing for Otago. Vereniki Tikoisolomone has been called up as his replacement. Source.
Pari Pari Parkinson (Highlanders) – Suffered a “multi-ligament knee injury” in November 2021 (this will be ACL plus others). He won’t be back for roughly twelve months. Source.
Jona Nareki (Highlanders) – Ruptured his ACL last August. As of Rd 10 he said he was a month off returning to club rugby. Source.
Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs) – Came off with a shoulder injury in rd 8. Had surgery and will be out for 6 months. Source.
Nathan Harris (Chiefs) – Has had to retire due to chronic ankle pain. Source.
Reuben O’Neill (Chiefs) – Out for the year. Thank you to Tom Vinicombe for the inside scoop.
Fraser Armstrong (Hurricanes) – Retired due to injury. Source.
Mitch Dunshea (Crusaders) – Tore his MCL and had surgery on it on Tuesday the 29th of March. He will be gone for the season. Source.

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Written by your local rugby nerd Harrison Dale.