The Casualty Ward 2019 Preseason

Super Rugby 2019 is almost here, and with it comes the most important night of the Fantasy Rugby calendar, Draft night! Make sure you stay up to date with all the injury news so that you know who to pick, who to leave, and who to plan as your mid season smlioky. Once again we are your one stop shop for everything injury related!

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Ongoing Injury List:

NEW ZEALAND
All Blacks are expected to miss two weeks during the Super Rugby season, and only to play 180 minutes in the first 3 rounds.

Highlanders
Kalolo Tuiloma – The prop is unavailable due to injury. No more news yet. Source here.
Siate Tokolahi – Injured his knee last year, is likely to be back for round 1. Source here.
Aki Seiuli – Apparently out for the season.

Hurricanes
The Hurricanes in 2018 wouldn’t play anyone that isn’t fit to play fully on Monday of the game week.

Nehe Milner-Skudder – Injured his shoulder on November 3. “Still going to miss a few weeks yet”. Source here.
Sam Lousi – Torn his pec muscle, severity is not confirmed but it “won’t be short term”. I interpret this as meaning it is either a 6 week grade 2 tear, or he has ruptured it and is gone for the season. Source here.
Beauden Barrett – Confirmed that he will miss round 1 against the Waratahs as one of his two enforced All Blacks rest weeks. Source here.
Vaea Fifita – Suffered a minor hamstring tear in January meaning he hadn’t done enough conditioning work. Likely to play Rd 2. Source here.
Toby Smith – Pulled late from the final trial, did not feature in Rd 1. No update on what his injury is.

Chiefs
The Chiefs in 2018 – “There was a team policy this year to give injured players an extra week to ensure they were fully fit.”

Sam Cane – Fractured his neck against South Africa last year. Targeting a May return
Mitchell Graham – Fractured his tibia and fibula back in the 2017 Brisbane Tens, still unsure of a comeback date as he works with specialists to stop his leg pain. Source here 28th November. He still can’t run and doesn’t have a squad spot for 2019.
Kane Hames – Still going through concussion protocols from last year, expected to play “very soon”, but no clear time line. Source here.
Solomon Alaimalo – Small wrist fracture from the trial on the 25th of Jan.
Will keep him sidelined for matches against the Reds (pre-season), Highlanders, Brumbies and Sunwolves Source here
Liam Polwart – has a concussion and is being monitor (5th Feb). Source here.
Marty McKenzie -about three weeks away from returning to the side after a hip operation. Should miss the first two weeks of Super Rugby. Source here.
Tiaan Falcon – Ruptured his Achilles tendon and is gone for the entire season. This means a big increase in minutes for Debreczini, and now Stephen Donald has been signed up. Source here.
Sean Wainuii – Apparently injured, but we can’t find any more details.
Luke Jacobson – was only cleared to return to contact in the first week of Feb following a head knock against the Hurricanes on July. Source here.
Jack Debreczeni – Has an abdominal strain, ruled out of rd 1 at least. Source here.
Damian McKenzie – Ankle injury. Not serious but they decided to give him the extra week to recover. Source here.

Crusaders
Sam Whitelock – The All Blacks have ordered him to miss the first month of the season. Source here.
Kieran Read – The All Blacks have ordered him to miss the first four weeks of the season as well. Source here.
Codie Taylor – Will miss the first game of the season. Source here.
Israel Dagg – Rehabbing his “troublesome”, arthritic knee. Doing everything he can to be available for selection but it sounds like he is well and truly up against it. Source here.

Blues
Blake Gibson – Rolled his ankle on the 26th of Jan against the Chiefs. Out for one month from this date, so I assume it is a grade 2 injury. Worst case it could be a couple weeks longer than that. Source here.
Jimmy Tupou – ACL reconstruction mid May 2018, “still working back from it”, standard rehab of 9 months would put him back around mid Feb, but that can vary a lot. Source here.
Jed Brown – Went off with a sore calf in the trial on the 25th of Jan. Doesn’t sound like much, but missed the trial a week and Rd 1 of the season.
Scott Scrafton – In rd 3 of 2018 year he did his ACL, LCL and ripped the tendon off the bone. Was told 9-12 months to return to play. His aim is to complete it in 10 months. This would be him back for rd 1, but he hasn’t played in the first two trials. Source here.
Stephen Perofeta – Is unlikely to be available for Rd 1 due to a chest/shoulder injury which requires a scan. The prognosis at this early stage is that the promising 21-year-old will be out for several weeks at least. Source here.
Matt Duffie – Hamstring tear
Leni Apisai – Neck
Ezekiel Lindenmuth – Knee
Sam Nock – Calf
Jacob Pierce – Ankle
Jordan Trainor – Thigh

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AUSTRALIA
The Australian sides have reached a “handshake agreement” with Rugby Australia to rest their Wallabies throughout the year. Most likely one or two weeks, but it is worth knowing when comparing to last seasons efforts. Source here. Some reports suggest they could miss as much as 20% of the season. Source here.

Brumbies
Ben Hyne – Re-tore his ACL just before Christmas, will likely miss the full season. Source here.
Lausii Taliauli – Came off after landing heavily on his knee in the trial against the Waratahs on the 7th of Feb. Tried to walk it off but he was too sore. Apparently just a cork.

Reds
James Tuttle – Ruptured his Achilles tendon in the NRC during late October last year. Recovery is an absolute minimum of 6 months, more likely 8-9 months (as per SBW and Slipper) which puts him at a return in May at the absolute earliest, more likely late June/ July. Probably his season gone! Source here.
Matt McGahan – Arrived at training before christmas with a broken leg. Not sure of the severity but it means he won’t start running until at least February, and probably will miss the start of the season. Source here.

Rebels
Reece Hodge – Fractured his ankle on the end of year tour, is hopeful of playing round 1, but will definitely be back in round 3, after the Rd 2 bye. Source here.
Adam Coleman – Has a calf tear from the Wallabies training camp. Source here.
Jordan Uelese – Still recovering from a knee reconstruction. Ruptured his ACL in June, a 9 month recovery therefore puts his return date around early March. Source here.
Matt Toomua – Playing for Leicester until at least the 18th of May. Won’t be back before round 15 at the earliest.

Waratahs
Michael Wells – Juggling 7s and Waratahs this year. He should play the Las Vegas (March 1-3) and Vancouver (March 9-10) stops on the world tour before he reverts to the Tahs for the bulk of the Super Rugby campaign. Thanks to an early Tahs bye, this means he should only miss three games for them. Source here.
Tom Robertson – ACL reconstruction (knee) in mid October. Will rule him out for 6-9 months (normally 9), so we could see him anywhere from mid April to mid July. Source here.
Lalakai Foketi – Came off in the trial against the Brumbies on the 7th of Feb with what looked like a hamstring injury. Out for up to a month. Source here.
Shambeckler Vui – Limped off the field in the final trial with a foot sprain and is likely to miss a few weeks. Source here.
Le Roux Roets – Hit hard and came off looking dazed in the trial against the Brumbies.
Nick Phipps – Calf injury, expected to miss 2-3 rounds. Source here.

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SOUTH AFRICA
Sharks
Jean-Luc du Preez – Injured his groin playing Gloucester in his short term deal with Sale Sharks just before the end of December. Should miss the first two months of the season! Source here.
Philip van der Walt – Going to miss the first two to three weeks. Source here.
Thomas du Toit – Pulled out from the Lions trial due to an ankle injury. Missed the final trial and isn’t on the plane for rd 1.
Curwin Bosch -Ruled out of Rd 1 with a shoulder injury. No idea yet how long he will be injured for. Source here.

Stormers

Ramone Samuels – Severe Knee injury in August of last year. No definite come back date yet. Source here.
Paul de Wet – Injured. Not sure what the scrum-half has done. Source here.
EW Viljoen – Having surgery for a stress fracture. Should be back in March. Source here.
Steven Kitshoff – Tore his hamstring in the last trial, is in doubt to play rd 1, however no predicted recovery time has been made yet. Source here.
Eben Etzebeth – Expected to miss the first week or two as he gets back to full fitness from an off season injury. Source here.
Cobus Wiese – Took a head knock, is apparently okay but considering his previous neck injury they have decided to tread cautiously and rest him for round 1. Source here.

Bulls
Travis Ismaiel – Was expected to have recovered from shoulder surgery for the start of the season but now needs a revision surgery which was originally meant to keep him out until mid May. Now reduced to the first four weeks of the season. Source here.
Jaco Visagie – Ankle injury required surgery. Originally meant to be out for eight weeks but that has been reduced to three or four. Source here.
Edgar Marutlulle – Injured his achilles, out for the first three to four weeks of the season. Source here.
Marnitz Boshoff – Expected back in March or April. Source here.
Marco van Staden – Shoulder injury will rule him out of the first four weeks of the season. Source here.
Jano Venter – Out for the first two months of the season. Source here.
Aston Fortuin and Gerhard Steenkamp – Under injury ‘doubts’. Source here.
Garth April – Shoulder injury that could rule him out of the first couple of rounds this year. Source here. UPDATE: His contract with the Bulls was cancelled because he needed surgery.
RG Snyman – Forced to have ankle surgery after playing in Japan. Is set to miss the first six weeks of the season. Source here.
Duncan Matthews – Carried off the field in the trial and had ankle surgery on the 11th of Feb. Will be out for 8 weeks, putting him back around round 8-9.

Lions
Lourens Erasmus – Fractured Tibia and Fibula through the ankle, 6-9 months recovery puts him back around June/ July so he could miss the entire season. Source here.
Cyle Brink – Knee injury, on track for the second or third Super Rugby game. Source here.
Len Massyn – Shoulder injury, aiming to be back in April. Source here.
Ross Cronje – Off season shoulder op, didn’t recover in time for rd 1.
Marius Louw – Is in doubt for the trip to Sunwolves.
Kwagga Smith – Missing rd 1 with a calf strain. Should be right for rd 2. Source here.
Stephan Lewies – Bicep or pec muscle injury, should be right for rd 2. Source here.
Robbie Coetzee – Still recovering from a long term injury. No timeline for a return yet, but won’t be right for rd 2. Source here.
Johannes Jonker – Still recovering from a long term injury.
No timeline for a return yet, but won’t be right for rd 2. Source here.

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ARGENTINA/JAPAN
Jaguares
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
– Right shoulder injury, missed the first trial against the Bulls. Source here. Update: Paul Tait says he is back into full training as of the 30th of January. Update: A new report says he won’t be back until March. Source here.
Emiliano Boffelli – 2 weeks into a 3 week injury (Tuculet to start the season) – Javier Díaz – Minor injuries. Should be okay for the start of the season
Marcos Kremer – Minor injury, was expected to be fine for the start of the season but it sounds like he got re-injured, and is now expected to miss round 1.

Sunwolves
20 players are in an international camp from Feb 2 to March 1 so are unlikely to feature in the first 3 rounds of the year. Source here.
Shota Horie
– Had surgery on his right foot to treat a stress fracture. His return is not clear at this stage, however he is targeting playing in the Pacific Nations Cup in July. Source here.
Lomano Lemeki – Revealed he has a stress fracture in his groin, and will “require a month or two” to heal. Source here.
Sean McMahon – Is having preseason foot surgery on a Lisfranc injury which rules him out for the year. As a result his contract has been cancelled with the Sunwolves. Source here.

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Written by Harrison Dale

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