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Casualty Ward Super Rugby Pacific Rd 12

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Returned in Rd 12:

Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies) – Back from a neck injury via the bench.
Nick Frost (Brumbies) – Back on the bench this week after missing the last couple of games for an unpublicised reason.
Pone Fa’amausili (Rebels) – Finaly was back starting from a calf injury.
Dave Porecki (Waratahs) – Returned from a 10 concussion.
Tom Horton (Waratahs) – Returned from a 10 concussion via the bench.
Suliasi Vunivalu (Reds) – Pulled last week with hamstring tightness but recovered well for rd 13.
Jordan Petaia (Reds) – Made it back from a mild hamstring issue.
Tom Lynagh (Reds) – Returned from injury in club rugby this week. Source.
Chris Minimbi (Drua) – Pulled pregame rd 8, back on the bench this week.

Emoni Narawa (Chiefs) – Pulled pregame rd 8 and 9 but was finally fit enough to take his place on the bench.
Etene Nanai-Seturo (Chiefs) – Back from a rd 10 hamstring injury.
Tom Robinson (Blues) – Back from a rd 10 concussion.
Sam Nock (Blues) – Back after breaking his hand in rd 8.
Owen Franks (Hurricanes) – Made his first appearance for the Hurricanes after recovering from his Achilles rupture and repair.
Dane Coles (Hurricanes) – The never-ending calf injury finally ended!
Du’Plessis Kirifi (Hurricanes) – Back after missing the last few weeks with injury.
Asafo Aumua (Hurricanes) – Back starting after serving out his red card ban.
Josh Dickson (Highlanders) – Back starting after serving out his red card ban.

Likely back this week (Rd 13):

Michael Hooper (Waratahs) – Came off with a concussion in rd 11 so we assume he is likely to play.
Trevor Hosea (Rebels) – Fractured his foot before the season and has been aiming to return in Rd 12-13. Source.
Nemani Nagusa (Drua) – Banned for 4 weeks in rd 7 from his high tackle so he should be back.

Beauden Barrett (Blues) – Was on his All Blacks-mandated rest week last week. Source.
Codie Taylor (Crusaders) – Was on his All Blacks-mandated rest week last week. Source.
Christian Lio-Willie (Highlanders) – Sprained his ankle in rd 11 and was 50/50 for rd 12 but didn’t end up playing. Source.
Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) – Came off with a fractured thumb in rd 6. was sets to return rd 14 but apparently he could play rd 13. Source.
Josh Ioane (Chiefs) – Took a big shot to his ribs in rd 7. Expected to play rd 13. Source.
Brad Weber (Chiefs) – Back training before rd 11, expected to be fit for rd 12 or 13. Source.
Shooter Stevenson (Chiefs) – 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. Back running before rd 11 so he should be back soon. Source.
Ruben Love (Hurricanes) – Listed as unavailable for rd 10. Aiming to play rd 12. Source.

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New Injuries (Rd 11):

Harry Wilson (Reds) – Suffered a bad looking head knock. Apparently was up and about feeling good after the game, so he is still a chance to come back quickly. Source.
Harry Hoopert (Reds) – Missed the game with COVID. Source.
Manasa Mataele (Force) – Ruled out pregame due to a concussion, we don’t know if this was pregame or midweek. Source.
Richard Kahui (Force) – Ruled out pregame due to a concussion, we don’t know if this was pregame or midweek. Source.
Issak Fines-Leleiwasa (Force) – The coach is hopefully he can overcome a foot injury in time to play again this Super Rugby Pacific season. Source.
Simione Kuruvoli (Drua) – Sprained the inside of his left ankle in an awkward tackle. Tried to play on but only lasted 5 minutes.
Sorovakatini Tuifagalele (Drua) – Came off due to injury after 31 minutes and was later seen icing his knee on the sideline.

Sione Havili Talitui (Crusaders) – Came off the field early with a hamstring injury and is waiting for scans. Source.
Oli Jager (Crusaders) – Missed the game with COVID.
Zach Gallagher (Crusaders) – Missed the game with COVID.
Finlay Brewis (Crusaders) – Missed the game with COVID.
Mitch Drummond (Crusaders) – Missed the game with COVID.
Dan Gardner (Crusaders) – Missed the game with COVID.
Liam Coltman (Highlanders) – Injured his ankle while playing the Reds in rd 12. Has been on light duties in training this week and won’t play rd 13. Source.

Ongoing Injury List:

AUSTRALIA

Western Force
Toni Pulu – Out with a hamstring tear in rd 11. Source.

Brumbies
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.

Reds
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.
Kalani Thomas – Came off with a concussion in rd 9, hasn’t played since.
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.
Isaac Henry – As of rd 9 he has a hamstring injury. Only a slight chance of returning for a possible final. Source.
Zane Nonggorr – Injured his knee before rd 9 and will be out for 6+ weeks. Source.
James O’Connor – Could be back as early as rd 13 from his knee injury after recovering quicker than expected. Source.
Hunter Paisami – Injured his shoulder in rd 11. Likely out for the season but he could

Rebels
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.
Matt To’omua – Came off with a concussion in rd 9 and hasn’t been seen since.
Ray Nu’u – Banned for 4 weeks for a high shot on Christian Leali’ifano in rd 11, only his first game back from another red card ban. Source.

Waratahs
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.
Ned Hanigan – Playing in Japan until the end of their 2022 season. Was expected back in 3 weeks as of rd 8 so could be back anytime. Source.
Harry Johnson-Holmes – Came off with a knee injury in rd 11 and will be racing against the clock to play Super Rugby again this year. Source.

NEW ZEALAND
Highlanders
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.
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.

Chiefs
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.
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.
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.

Hurricanes
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.
Reed Prinsep – Pulled pre-game with an injury in rd 10. Source.
Dominic Bird – His shoulder surgery is now expected to take him until late July. Source.
Pouri Rakete-Stones – Pulled pregame and listed as unavailable for rd 12. Source.
Peter Umaga-Jensen – Listed as unavailable for rd 12. Source.
Julian Savea – Listed as unavailable for rd 12. Source.
James Blackwell – Listed as unavailable for rd 12. Source.

Crusaders
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.
Hamish Dalzell – Red Carded for a high shot on Hooper in rd 11. Banned for 3 weeks but it could be reduced to 2 weeks. Source.

Blues
Josh Goodhue – Will be out for several weeks with a broken thumb in rd 9. Source.

PACIFIKA TEAMS

Fiji Drua
Ratu Rotuisolia – Came off after only 19 minutes clutching at his hamstring in rd 4.
Alivereti Veitokani – 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
Alamanda Motuga – Fractured his cheek in rd 11 so we suspect he will miss 6 weeks. 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.
Will Harrison (Waratahs) – Came off with an ACL and MCL tear as well as damaging something around his knee cap in rd 10. He will have surgery in roughly a month and will likely return to play 9-12 months after that. Source.
Josh Nasser (Reds) – Injured his pec in rd 7 and will be out for the season. Source.
Taniela Tupou (Reds) – Expected to miss the remainder of the season with a calf injury suffered in rd 11. Source.
Kane Koteka (Force) – Rule out for the season with a foot injury in rd 11. 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.
Gareth Evans (Highlanders) – Ruptured his pec in rd 10. Will have surgery and miss the rest of the year. 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.
Joe Moody (Crusaders) – Ruptured his ACL in rd 9. Will be gone for the season. Source.

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Written by your local rugby nerd Harrison Dale.