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Casualty Ward Super Rugby Pacific Rd 10

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Returned in Rd 10:

Ben Donaldson (Waratahs) – Back after tweaking his calf against the Force
Jock Campbell (Reds) – Back after Fracturing his hand in rd 6.
Dane Zander (Reds) – Back after getting a red card for a head-high tackle in rd 6.
Noah Lolesio (Brumbies) – Back from his rd 5 ankle sprain.
Rob Leota (Rebels) – Played his first game of the season after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Jack Goodhue (Crusaders) – Played his first game since rupturing his ACL in April 2021.
Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) – Back after missing four weeks of Super Rugby with a broken finger.
Tyrel Lomax (Hurricanes) – Back starting after missing rd 9.
Christian Lio-Willie (Highlanders) – Played his first game after returning from a broken hand.

Likely back this week (Rd 11):

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (Reds) – Was aiming to return from an ankle injury in rd 9 but didn’t play. Source.
Seru Uru (Reds) – Suffered a high ankle sprain (syndesmosis) in round 6. Was originally aiming to play rd 9. Source.
Bayley Kuenzle (Force) – Ruled out pregame rd 9 with gastro. Source.
Jeremy Thrush (Force) – Ruled out pregame rd 9 due to soreness. Source.
Toni Pulu (Force) – Ruled out pregame with concussion symptoms before rd 9. Source.
Izack Rodda (Force) – Was isolating under close contact protocols in rd 9. Source.
Issak Fines-Leleiwasa (Force) – Was isolating under close contact protocols in rd 9. Source.
Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies) – Has a neck injury before rd 9 that is seen as a week to week proposition. Source.
Tom Banks (Brumbies) – Copped a red card and fractured his cheek at the same time. Could be back as soon as round 11. Source.
Pone Fa’amausili (Rebels) – Struggling with a calf injury. Aiming to return rd 11-12. Source.
Ray Nu’u (Rebels) – 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 (Waratahs) – Playing in Japan until the end of their 2022 season. Was expected back in 3 weeks as of rd 8 so could be back this week or next. Source.
Vinaya Habosi (Drua) – Left the field gingerly in rd 8. We have heard rumors that he is fine and should be fit to play this week. Source.

Akira Ioane (Blues) – Should be back from his round 2 Lisfranc Injury. Source.
Alex Hodgman (Blues) – Concussed after having his head taken off by a Scott Barrett shoulder charge. Misses rd 10 going through the concussion protocols. Source.
Finlay Christie (Blues) – Came off with a concussion. Misses rd 10 going through the concussion protocols. Source.
Caleb Clarke (Blues) – 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 11. Source.
Marino Mikaele Tu’u (Highlanders) – Pulled pregame after injuring his hamstring in warm-up. Will go on tour so might play rd 11. Source.

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New Injuries (Rd 10):

Dave Porecki (Waratahs) – Came off with concussion. Will aim to play next week.
Tom Horton (Waratahs) – Came off with concussion. Will aim to play next week.
Angus Bell (Waratahs) – Given a red card for a tip tackle. Will not miss any games. Source.
Will Harrison (Waratahs) – Came off with an ACL and MCL tear as well as damaging soemthing around his knee cap. He will have surgery in roughly a month and will likely return to play 9-12 months after that. Source.
Meli Derenagali (Drua) – Limped off with what we think is an ankle injury.
Kalani Thomas (Reds) – Came off with a concussion.
Darcy Swain (Brumbies) – Injured his knee. It looked like an MCL tear to us. He managed to tape it and play on so it is unlikely to be too severe.
Matt To’omua (Rebels) – Came off with a concussion.

Etene Nanai-Seturo (Chiefs) – Ruled out pregame with a hamstring injury.
Tom Robinson (Blues) – Came off with what we think was a concussion.
Mosese Dawai (Highlanders) – Came off at half time. We don’t know if it was for injury or tactical. He has been interviewed saying he is excited to play so he must be fine. Source.
James Lentjes (Highlanders) – Came off with a concussion.
Reed Prinsep (Hurricanes) – Pulled last minute pre game. Not named in rd 10 so we assume it was an injury.

Ongoing Injury List:


Western Force
Tom Robertson – Injured his calf in rd 4 and not listed for rd 5. Source.
Richard Hardwick – Came off in rd 9 with what is suspected to be a serious injury.
Feleti Kaitu’u – Ruled out pregame with a calf injury rd 9. Source.

Chris Feauai-Sautia – Suffered a hamstring injury at training on Wednesday before rd 5. 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.

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.
Isaac Henry – As of rd 9 he has a hamstring injury and will be out long term. Source.
Zane Nonggorr – Injured his knee before rd 9 and will be out for 6+ weeks. Source.

Trevor Hosea – Fractured his foot. Aiming to return Rd 12-13. 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.

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.
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.
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.
Josh Dickson – Red carded for a shoulder charge to the head of Mafileo. Given a 3 week ban which means he will be back for rd 13. Source.
Denny Solomona – Came off after 16 minutes into rd 9 with a hamstring strain after making a cover tackle. It is still unclear how long he will be out far. 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.
Laghlan Mcwhannell – Came off with a concussion in rd 7 so may be available this week. Not on tour in Aus so won’t play until at least rd 12.
Josh Ioane – 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. Not on tour in Aus so won’t play until at least rd 12.
Sione Mafileo – Expected to be back via this week after being pulled late rd 7 with a sore back. Not on tour in Aus so won’t play until at least rd 12.
Emoni Narawa – Pulled pregame rd 8 and 9, no more news yet.
Shooter Stevenson – Injured his right knee as he twisted in a tackle in rd 9. Was seen with a brace on later during the game. Expected to be out for 2-3 weeks. Source.
Brad Weber – Waiting on a diagnosis for his shoulder injury but could be out for 2-3 weeks. 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.
Du’Plessis Kirifi – Listed as unavailable due after the midweek rd 8/9 game. That means the earliest he could play is rd 12 after their Aus tour. Source.
Asafo Aumua – Banned for 3 weeks after a high cleanout on Gareth Evans so will be back for rd 13. Source.
Ruben Love – Listed as unavailable for rd 10. Aiming to play rd 12. Source.
Brayden Iose – Listed as unavailable for rd 10. That means the earliest he could play is rd 12 after their Aus tour. Source.
Pepesana Patafilo – Listed as unavailable for rd 10. That means the earliest he could play is rd 12 after their Aus tour. Source.
James O’Reilly – Pulled pregame in the midweek match between rd 8 and 9. Source.
Devan Flanders – Injured his knee in the first 20 minutes between rd 8 and 9. 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.
Scott Barrett – Banned for 4 weeks after his high tackle red card in rd 9. Back round 14.
Joe Moody – Came off injured after 34 minutes with a knee injury in rd 9. Waiting on scan results but he will miss at least 4 weeks, maybe the season. The injury is rumored to be significant. 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.
Josh Goodhue – Will be out for several weeks with a broken thumb in rd 9. 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.
Chris Minimbi – Pulled pregame. rd 8
Alivereti Veitokani (Drua) – Is recovering from a major knee injury and wasn’t expected to play this year. He has now been added back into the squad so we assume he is nearing a return. Source.

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:

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.