The Casualty Ward Rd 13


Taqele Naiyaravoro  (Waratahs) – absolute wrecking ball. Just give him the ball.
Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs) – returned well from a dislocated shoulder in rd 3.
Aaron Cruden (Chiefs) – Recovered from concussion. Class performance.
Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) – returned following 2 week ban. 
Sonny-Bill Williams (Blues) – Recovered from concussion.
Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders) – Returned from a hamstring injury off the bench.
Lopeti Timani (Rebels)– Returned from a 4 week ban, started at blindside flanker.
Damian De Allende (Stormers) – Returned off the bench and looked great!
Seabelo Senatla (Stormers) – started on the left wing and had some great touches.
Eben Etzebeth (Stormers) – returned from cautionary rest over minor niggles.
Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers) – returned from cautionary rest over minor niggles.
Frans Malherbe (Stormers) – started at tighthead. Had been rested for Springboks.
Ruan Combrinck (Lions) – Not named but started after mahuza withdrew before the game. Hell of a return for the form springbok winger with 2 tries!
Faf De Klerk (Lions) – Rested for Rd 12 & 13. Came off the bench.
Shota Horie (Sunwolves) – had been rested for much of the season after playing a full japanese top league season.
Shota Emi (Sunwolves)
Kenki Fukuoka (Sunwolves)
Ruan Steenkamp (Bulls) – returned from a knee injury. The enforcer made his presence felt with some big hits on the weekend.
Michael Ruru (Force)
Matt Philip (Force) – returned from the bench.
Luke Morahan (Force)

New Injuries Rd 13

Sam McNicol (Chiefs) – Concussion.
Stephen Donald (Chiefs) – Concussion.
Ryan Crotty (Crusaders) – Concussion.
Jordan Taufua (Crusaders) – Shoulder injury. Severity to be assessed.
Pier Francis (Blues) – Concussion.
Francois Venter (Cheetahs) – Hamstring tear.
Peter Grant (Force) – Concussion
Ash Dixon (Highlanders) – Stomach Bug. Should play next week.
Daniel Lienert-Brown (Highlanders) – Stomach Bug. Should play next week.
Shota Horie (Sunwolves) – taken off 10 minutes into the game. TBA.
Reece Hodge (Rebels) – Neck/Concussion. Unsure of severity at this stage but all precautions were taken as he was strechered off the field.
Sylvian Mahuza (Lions) – withdrew pregame due to a quad injury.
Matt Todd (Crusaders) – withdrew pregame due to ongoing concussion symptoms.
Irne Herbst (Kings) – Concussion.
Shaun Treeby (Stormers) – Issued a three week suspension following a dangerous tackle.

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Likely back this week (Rd 13):

Israel Dagg (Crusaders)- he had been rested an extra cautionary week or two.
Patrick Lambie (Sharks) – Concussed in Rd 12, likely back RD 14 but who knows with concussion these days!
Juan De Jongh (Stormers) – Available for Rd 14.
Jaco Kriel (Lions) – knee injury. Given an extra weeks rest to ensure he is 100%.
Liaki Moli (Sunwolves) – Concussion.
Malcom Jaer (Kings) – returned to full training this week from a knee injury.
Ruaan Lerm (Kings) – returned to full training this week from an ankle injury.
Schalk Ferreira (Kings) – returned to full training this week form a bicep injury.
Chris Cloete (Kings) – returning from concussion.
Luke Whitelock (Highlanders) – recovered from a calf injury.
Jack Dempsey (Waratahs) – Jack was supposed to be back last week but will likely return from the bench in rd 14.
Andrew Kellaway (Waratahs) – returning from a face fracture.
Nic Stirzaker – Ankle injury, Expected out for 3 weeks – Back Rd 13/14
Matt Hodgson (Force) – returning from an ankle injury.
Keegan Daniel (Sharks) – fractured forearm. Back in the picture on home turf.
Nicolas Sanchez (Jaguares) – “Suffered a spasm in the ischio-tibial left during training yesterday” – Translation… Ummmm Hamstring? Back this week
Ramiro Moyano (Jaguares) – AC jt sprain against the Sharks , the Argentinian papers say he is already in full contact training and could be back soon (Updated for Rd 13).

Ongoing Injury List:

Liam squire – Fractured thumb. Out for 6 weeks, back after the international break. Could be fit for the start of the Lions series.

Nehe Milner-Skudder – Fractured Metatarsals (injured Rd 3). Now running with a change of direction. Won’t play Rd 13 but is a maybe for Rd 14 onwards.
Matt Proctor – Remains sidelined with Concussion Symptoms.
Dane Coles – Concussion symptons and problem calf. Hoping to be back for clash against the Chiefs.
Michael Fatialofa – Having surgery for his dislocated knee cap. “May” return this year.
Reggie Goodes – Ongoing concussion symptoms – out for unknown time.
Callum Gibbins – Shoulder injury.


Digby Ioane – Re-aggravated his pinky finger injury now requiring an operation. Digby has said he was out for five weeks (back Rd 13) but his coach has said there is no timeframe on his recovery.
Kieran Read – Broken Thumb – had surgery after Rd10, normally 6weeks out.
Israel Dagg (Crusaders) – Patella injury sustained rd 3. Played club rugby in Rd12 so should be back for Rd 13. (UPDATE) Dagg has travelled to Suva but will be doing promotional work, he will return to play against the Rebels on May 27.

Rene Ranger – is still out with a sore ankle (updated rd 10).
Jerome Kaino – Out for 6 weeks from Rd 10. Meniscus tear going for surgery.

Andrew Kellaway – Ruled out for three to six weeks with facial fracture, expected back Rd Rd 12-14

Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin – TBA.
Tomas Cubelli – Patella Tendon, hoping to be back for the international break.
Scott Sio – Patella and medial ligament, facing ~2 months on the sideline from Rd 10.


Dane Haylet-Petty – Hamstring injury – Out for up to 10 weeks (Early July).
Ben McCalman – Refractured his Scapula (for the 3rd time) against the Kings. McCalman will miss at least two more games but hopes to be back in time to take on the Reds in Queensland on May 26.
Jermaine Ainsley – Dislocated elbow, probably season.
Kane Koteka – Returned to full training after concussion.
Marcel Brache – Concussion Rd 10
Ben Daley – Concussion Rd 10

Steve Cummins – Concussion, return date TBC.
Jordy Reid – Stress fracture in the back. Out for up to 6 weeks from Rd 6
Culum Retallick – Concussion, return date TBC.
Sam Jefferies – Ankle, indefinite.
Harley Fox – Ankle 10-12 weeks.
Semisi Tupou – Knee, 3-4 weeks.
Cruz Ah-Nau – Knee, 3-4 weeks.
Jack Maddocks – Forarm injury.
Tim Metcher – Foot, 2-4 weeks.

Andre Esterhuizen – 6 Week ban starting Rd 10.
Curwin Bosch – Now joined the SA U20’s side to train for the upcoming world cup. Unlikely to play again this season.

Jean-Luc du Plessis – Is progressing well following a pelvic bone stress injury, hoping to get a game in the Super Sport Challenge in 2-3 weeks (updated before Rd 13).
Scarra Ntubeni – Back running after ruptured achillies last year
Steph de Wit – Fractured his ankle, the bone healing well after surgery.
Rynhardt Elstadt – Complete syndesmosis, to undergo surgery and will be out for 3 months.
Huw Jones – Torn hamstring, to undergo surgery.
Jacobus Janse van Rensburg – Torn a bicep muscle in Rd 10 and will be out for 4-6 weeks.
Kurt Coleman – Tore a deltoid ligament in his ankle, no news on return date but it won’t be before their Rd 12 bye.
Robert du Preez – Torn pectoral muscle, could undergo surgery which would rule him out for the season.

Dylan Smith – Shoulder operation – 4 months
Rohan Janse Van Rensburg – LCL & Posterolateral corner injury. Out for 12 weeks, Should be the season.
Jaco Van Der Walt – Dislocated foot, Hopefully back in 4 weeks (Rd 12)

Nico Lee – Grade 2 ankle injury, sidelined for 4-6 weeks, back after the June break – Rd 15.
Paul Schoeman – Blood clots of the lungs. Unlikely to be back before the international window at best.

Waylon Murray – Hamstring injury, sent home from tour of Aus. Waiting on further scans for more news.
Michael Willemse – Appendix removed, back after the international break.

John-Roy Jenkinson – Grade 2 hamstring injury. To miss at least 1 more week.
Handre Pollard – Ankle Injury, out for 8-10 weeks (late June).
Dries Swanepoel – Expected back Rd 13.
Jonny Kotze – Expected back Rd 10-11
Travis Ismaiel – Knee injury that will keep him out for six weeks, back after the international break.
Jacques Potgieter – High blood pressure for an unknown reason, being pulled from play until it has been looked into.

Emiliano Boffelli – Ruptured extensor tendon of his index finger. Cleared to train normally with the finger braced. Unclear if this will affect his chances of being picked.
Marcos Kremer – Concussion, going through the return to play protocols.

Taakaki Nakazuru – Went off 3 minutes in to the game after a big hit (Rd 9). No further news.
Takeshi Kizu  -Reported as injured, not travelling to Argentina. No other news available
Heiichiro ito  – stretchered off after a scrum- looks like neck
Teruya Goto – hamstring.
Hayden Cripps – Right knee injury
Jamie-Jerry Taulagi – Red card – Banned for 5 weeks, Can return to play after June 10.

Out for the Season:

Brad Weber (Chiefs) – Broken Leg out for 6 months
Mitchell Graham (Chiefs) – Broken Leg
Jason Emery (Highlanders) – Ruptured Achilles
Leolin Zas (Stormers) – Broken Leg
Cobus Wiese – Shoulder reconstruction after dislocating his shoulder. Out for the season.
Dan Du Plessis –Shoulder reconstruction after dislocating his shoulder. Out for the season.
Lausii Tauilali (Brumbies) – ACL
Christian Lealifano (Brumbies) – Leukemia
Howard Minsi (Lions) – ACL
James Broadhurst (Hurricanes) – Retired due to Concussion
Blade Thomson (Hurricanes) – Having a shoulder reconstruction.
James Slipper (Reds) – Torn Achillies
Ryan Louwrens (Western Force) – Ruptured ACL
Chance Peni (Western Force) – Ruptured Groin, out for the season.
Dom Shipperley (Rebels) – Knee
Mick Snowden (Rebels) – Syndesmosis injury, Out for the season.
Pama Fou (Rebels) – Knee
Alex Toolis (Rebels) – Neck
Rob Leota (Rebels) – Knee
Justin Forwood (Kings) – ACL

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