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Casualty Ward Super Rugby Pacific Rd 13

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Returned in Rd 13:

Nemani Nagusa (Drua) – Back after his rd 7 red card.
Harry Hoopert (Reds) – Back via the bench after missing last week with COVID.
James O’Connor (Reds) – Recovered from his knee injury to start at 10.
Hunter Paisami (Reds) – Back from a rd 11 shoulder injury.
Kalani Thomas (Reds) – Back from a concussion in rd 9.
Manasa Mataele (Force) – Back after missing last week with a concussion.
Richard Kahui (Force) – Back after missing last week with a concussion.

Beauden Barrett (Blues) – Back from his All Blacks-mandated rest week last week.
Alex Hodgman (Blues) – Made his comeback from injury.
Codie Taylor (Crusaders) – Back from his All Blacks-mandated rest week last week.
Finlay Brewis (Crusaders) – Back from COVID.
Scott Barrett (Crusaders) -Back from his red card ban in rd 9.
Josh Ioane (Chiefs) – Back from a rib injury in rd 7.
Brad Weber (Chiefs) – Returned from his neck injury this week.
Liam Coombes-Fabling (Highlanders) – Finally back from a knee injury via the bench.
Julian Savea (Hurricanes) – Back starting after missing rd 12.
James Blackwell (Hurricanes) – Back starting after missing rd 12.

Likely back this week (Rd 14):

Michael Hooper (Waratahs) – Came off with a concussion in rd 11, wasn’t right for rd 12 or 13. 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.
Matt To’omua (Rebels)– Came off with a concussion in rd 9. On track to play this week. Source.
Harry Wilson (Reds) – Suffered a bad looking head knock in rd 12. Said on his instagram that he was looking forward to playing this week. Source.
Fraser McReight (Reds) – Has been cleared to return this week. Source.
Richie Asiata (Reds) – Missed last week with illness, we assume he could be back this week. Source.
Noah Lolesio (Brumbies) – Back after missing last week.

Christian Lio-Willie (Highlanders) – Sprained his ankle in rd 11 and was 50/50 for rd 12. We assume he is available this week.
Denny Solomona (Highlanders) – Came off in rd 9 with a hamstring tear. Available to return in rd 14. Source.
Rory van Vugt (Highlanders) – Broke his wrist in the trial of three halves on the 12th Feb. Back playing club footy in rd 13 so he should be available. Source.
Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) – Came off with a fractured thumb in rd 6. Expected to play this weekend. 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 on the comeback from a groin injury. Source.
Oli Jager (Crusaders) – Missed rd 11 and 12 with COVID.
Zach Gallagher (Crusaders) – Missed rd 11 and 12 with COVID.
Mitch Drummond (Crusaders) – Missed rd 11 and 12 with COVID.
Dan Gardner (Crusaders) – Missed rd 11 and 12 with COVID.

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New Injuries (Rd 13):

Ned Hanigan (Waratahs) – Was expected to make his first appearance from the bench but was pulled after picking up an injury on the Thursday.
Geoff Cridge (Waratahs) – Was originally expected to come in for Hanigan but also picked up an injury on Friday.
Paddy Ryan (Waratahs) – Given a red card for a high shot. Was let off without a ban. Source.
Izaia Perese (Waratahs) – Came off with a nasty looking MCL injury to his knee. The scans are apparently not as bad as first feared, he could be available for a quarter-final in best case. Source.
Ollie Callan (Force) – Taken off for head injury assessments.
Bayley Kuenzle (Force) – Taken off for head injury assessments.
Brynard Stander (Force) – Taken off for head injury assessments.
Andrew Ready (Force) – We believe he came off with an injury.
Richard Kahui (Force) – Given a red card, the judiciary has cleared him to play this week without suspension. Source.
Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta (Drua) – Copped an elbow to the head and had to be helped off the field. We suspect he will go through the concussion protocols. Has now been ruled out of rd 14. Source.
Albert Anae (Reds) – Had surgery on a ruptured tricep after rd 13. Source.
Hunter Paisami (Reds) – Being monitored after reaggravating his shoulder in rd 13. Source.

Chiefs Rugby – Confident of fielding a side this week despite 8 or 9 players contracting COVID. Source.
Codie Taylor (Crusaders) – Ruled out for the last two round games due to a rib injury that had him replaced at half time in rd 13. Source.
George Bower (Crusaders) – Expected to be rested as part of the All Blacks’ rotation policy in rd 14. Source.
Rieko Ioane (Blues) – Came off early in the match with a hamstring injury. Expected to miss the final 2 regular season matches. Source.
Akira Ioane (Blues) – Will miss rd 14 after experiencing pain in the foot that kept him out of the bulk of the season. There is the suggestion that he might play the final pool game if needed. Source.
Etene Nanai-Seturo (Chiefs) – Pulled pregame.
Ethan De Groot (Highlanders) – Pulled at halftime after taking a shot on the shoulder. Sounds like he will only be out for 1 week. Source.
Mitch Hunt (Highlanders) – Came off with an HIA late in the game. Is likely to miss rd 14. Source.
Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes) – Came off with a concussion.

Ongoing Injury List:


Western Force
Toni Pulu – Out with a hamstring tear in rd 11. Source.
Issak Fines-Leleiwasa – The coach is hopefully he can overcome a rd 11 foot injury in time to play again this Super Rugby Pacific season. 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.
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.

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 – 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.

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.
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.

Solomon Alaimalo – Tony Brown said he was again unavailable due to personal reasons. There is no timeframe on his return. Source.
Shannon Frizell – Tore his MCL in rd 8. Apparently he is aiming to play rd 15 if all goes well. Source.
Manaaki Selby-Rickit – Tore his MCL (knee) in rd 8. Looks like he will only be fit for a semi-final. Source.
Liam Coltman – 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.

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.

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.
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.

Brodie McAlister – Injured his calf in rd 6. Could be out for 6 weeks. 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.
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.
Sione Havili Talitui – Came off the field early with a hamstring injury in rd 11 and is waiting for scans. Source.

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


Fiji Drua
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.
Simione Kuruvoli – Sprained the inside of his left ankle in an awkward tackle in rd 11. Tried to play on but only lasted 5 minutes.
Sorovakatini Tuifagalele – Came off due to injury in rd 11 after 31 minutes and was later seen icing his knee on the sideline.

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.