The Casualty Ward is your one stop shop for every injury and ban in Super Rugby. Want to know whats happening with every injured player? When are they expected back, what does this mean for your teams chances? Find all the info in one place here!
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Returned from Injury in Rd 5
Ben May (Hurricanes) – Pulled pregame round 4 for an unknown reason, but started this week.
Toby Smith (Hurricanes) – Pulled late from the final trial due to concussion. Made his come back this week in the starting jersey.
Luke Jacobson (Chiefs) – Concussed back in July against the Hurricanes. This was his first game back, he is looking like an absolute unit.
Nick Phipps (Waratahs) – Back on the bench after recovering from his calf injury.
Lausii Taliauli (Brumbies) – On the wing after recovering from his knee injury. We aren’t sure if he will be preferred over Muirhead moving forward.
Hosea Saumaki (Sunwolves) – Made his long awaited return this week on the wing.
Amanaki Mafi (Sunwolves) – Back on the bench for this week. He has a court case on March 27th which will decide if they are pushing for charges now, or not until after the rugby world cup. Source here.
Cobus Wiese (Stormers) – Came back off the bench from a preseason concussion.
Steven Kitshoff (Stormers) – Recovered from a hamstring tear to start this week.
Marvin Orie (Lions) – Midweek “minor groin tweak” before rd 3. An absolute workman like effort this week.
New Injuries Rd 5:
Alex Fidow (Hurricanes) – Had a shoulder x-ray which cleared him of serious damage. No word on a return date yet. Source.
Andries Ferreira (Hurricanes) – Suffered another knee injury. Has been sent back to South Africa to recover. At this stage he is not going to play with the Hurricanes, but they haven’t ruled out something in the future. Source.
Asafo Aumua (Hurricanes) – Unavailable for round 6 with concussion. Source.
Liam Squire (Highlanders) – Was close to returning from a hip injury but has damaged his MCL ligament (Knee) in training before round 6 and is expected to be out for up to 10 weeks. If he doesn’t need an op I’d suggest he will be back in 8. Source.
Lachlan McCaffrey (Brumbies) – Went down in the first half with what looked like an MCL injury (inside ligament on the knee). He got it taped up during half time and played through it, which is not uncommon. We will need to watch what comes of it during the week.
Scott Sio (Brumbies) – Came off with a shoulder ‘stinger’. So would be a good chance to play this week. Source here.
Rob Valetini (Brumbies) – Dislocated knee cap in rd 5, will be out for 6-8 weeks. Source.
Adam Coleman (Rebels) – Set to be rested for one of his wallabies rests in round 6. Source.
Dane Haylett-Petty (Rebels) – Ruptured a ligament in his toe at the end of round 5. Out for six weeks. Source.
Michael Little (Sunwolves) – Concussed in rd 5. Didn’t make the trip to Singapore. Source.
Pauliasi Manu (Sunwolves) – Concussed and missing round 6. Source.
Sam Prattley (Sunwolves) – Concussed and missing round 6 . Source.
Eben Etzebeth (Stormers) – Failed his HIA. Will now go through concussion protocols but will miss at least round 6. Source here.
Siya Kolisi (Stormers) – Ankle taped over his shoe near the end of the game, most likely a minor sprained ankle but he managed to play on.
Kwagga Smith (Lions) – Tore a groin tendon in round 5, out for 6 weeks. Source.
Dylan Smith (Lions) – Actually broke his cheek bone in round 5. Out for 8-12 weeks. Source.
Vince Tshituka (Lions) – Ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury. Interestingly no mention of his “head injury”. Source.
Andries Coetzee (Lions) – Has a hamstring strain, will miss round 6 as a precaution. Source.
Dillon Smit (Lions) – Took a knock in training before round 5 and will only be available for selection again in the next four to six weeks. Source.
Warrick Gelant (Bulls) – Picked up a shoulder injury in round 5 and won’t play this week. Source.
Bautista Delguy (Jaguares) – Had surgery for an ankle injury after round 5 and has been ruled out for 4 months. It must have been an ankle syndesmosis injury as well. Source.
Martín Landajo (Jagaures) – Suffered a fractured jaw in round 5. Having an operation this week and should be back in 30-40 days (roughly round 10). Source here.
Tomás Lavanini (Jaguares) – Will also be assessed during the week after suffering a shoulder injury. No idea how severe yet. Source here.
Likely back for this week (Rd 6):
Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) – Was expected to play in round 5 after resting the first month of the season. His comeback was delayed by a week after the Highlanders V Crusaders game was cancelled.
Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs) – Failed his concussion testing after a huge hit in round 4. Almost made it back for round 5 but will be seen the week after.
Lachlan Boshier (Chiefs) – Going through concussion protocols, should be back this week as well.
Jack Debreczeni (Chiefs) – Unavailable for selection in rd 5 because he was “unwell”. We think that means he is a good chance to return this week.
Gareth Evans (Hurricanes) – Has a calf strain from rd 2 that should still keep him out for at least rounds 4 and 5. Might be back this week. Source here.
Pari Pari Parkinson (Highlanders) – Concussion in rd 4. Named for rd 6.
Thomas Umaga-Jensen (Highlanders) – Concussion in rd 4. Named for rd 6.
Alex Hodgman (Blues) – Miss their round 4 game with a minor injury.
Matt Duffie (Blues) – Preseason hamstring tear. Back on the bench this week.
Michael Wells (Waratahs)– Juggling 7s and Waratahs this year. Played the Las Vegas (March 1-3) and Vancouver (March 9-10) stops on the world tour. So he should be back with the squad from before rd 5. Source here.
Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies) – Dislocated his wrist. Is apparently a day by day decision to play in round 6. Source here.
Aphelele Fassi (Sharks) – Concussion in round 3. We aren’t sure of his progress but would guess he should play after the round 5 bye.
Philip van der Walt (Sharks) – Was expected to miss the first two to three weeks so we should definitely see him after the round 5 bye. Source here.
Salmaan Moerat (Stormers) – Injured but no word on what he has done. Named in the tour squad for round 6. Source here.
Sylvian Mahuza (Lions) – Tore his hamstring during the week before round 5. Available for round 6. Source.
Jacobie Adriaanse (Lions) – Passed his concussion test and is in the selection frame for round 6. Source.
Travis Ismaiel (Bulls)– Was expected to have recovered from shoulder surgery for the start of the season but needed a revision surgery. Available for selection in round 6. Source here.
Marco van Staden (Bulls) – Recovered from a shoulder injury and is now available for rd 6. Source here.
Burger Odendaal (Bulls) – Sternum injury caused him to miss round 3 and 4. Back in the mix this week. Source here.
Eli Snyman (Bulls) – Fully fit and available for selection this week. Source here.
Johnny Kotze (Bulls) – Out of round 2 with viral meningitis, now training fully with the squad but his selection will depend on his fitness. Source here.
Ruan Steenkamp (Bulls) – Concussion in rd 3. Available this week. Source.
Jaco Visagie (Bulls) – Ankle injury required surgery. Available this week. Source.
Aston Fortuin (Bulls) – The lock is now fit and available for selection again. Source.
Roelof Smit (Bulls) – Back training before round 3. Was expected back for rd 6 but there was no mention of him from the Bulls medical team. Source here.
Jano Venter (Bulls) – Originally out for the first two months of the season. Was expected back for rd 6 but there was no mention of him from the Bulls medical team. . Source here.
Emiliano Boffelli (Jaguares) – Came off with a hip injury in round 4. Did some light running before round 5, so we expect him to be right for this week. Source here.
Matias Orlando (Jaguares) – Has a big cork in his calf, was running during the week to some extent before round 5. So he should play in round 6. Source here.
Ongoing Injury List:
All Blacks are expected to miss two weeks during the Super Rugby season.
All Blacks are also not meant to play 5 game weeks in a row.
Kalolo Tuiloma – The prop is unavailable due to injury. No more news yet. Source here.
Rob Thompson – Left ankle injury in rd 2. Will be out for 3-4 weeks (return rd 6-7) . Source here.
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.
James Marshall – Confirmed to have dislocated his shoulder in rd 1. Will be out for a fair while. Source here.
Vince Aso – Had a “pretty bad” shoulder injury in round 4 according to the coach. Could be out for multiple weeks. Source here.
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
Kane Hames – Still going through concussion protocols from last year, expected to play “very soon”, but no clear time line. Source here.
Atu Moli – Pulled pre-game rd 1 with an elbow injury. Will be out for 4-5 weeks.
Liam Polwart – Had a preseason concussion and was being monitored as of the 5th Feb. Who knows with these injuries! Source here.
Kieran Read – The All Blacks have ordered him to miss the first four weeks of the season, but it now looks like that return is in doubt. He is still struggling with a few injuries including his back which was operated on last year. Expected back in 1-3 week, definitely by rd 7 against the Hurricanes. 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.
Tim Perry – Broke his forearm Badly, needed a pin and plate. Apparently his season could be over. They are hoping he could he is back by rd 18 at the earliest. Source here.
Oliver Jager – Has a shoulder injury. Not expected back for another 4 weeks from round 5. Source here.
Joe Moody – Ankle injury in round 4. Not as severe as first thought, but will miss round 5. I’d say 2-4 week injury as an educated guess. 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 and Rd 1 of the season.
Stephen Perofeta – Preseason pec muscle injury, apparently he could be gone for 16 weeks! Season pretty much gone….
Leni Apisai – Neck
Ezekiel Lindenmuth – Knee
Jacob Pierce – Ankle
Jordan Trainor – Thigh
Caleb Clarke – Pulled pregame for a knee injury rd 2. Apparently could be out for 8 weeks. Source here.
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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.
Toni Pulu – Fractured his cheek rd 1. Had surgery and could be back as soon as round 8. Source.
David Pocock – Came off after 64 min into round 4 with another calf strain. Unlikely to play in round 6 with a bye the following week. Source here.
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.
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.
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.
Shambeckler Vui – Limped off the field in the final trial with a foot sprain and is likely to miss a few weeks. Source here.
Tolu Latu – Latu has been cited for an incident ‘worthy of a red card’ after hitting a maul just before full time rd 3. He has been banned for 6 weeks. We are completely confused by this one but take a look for yourself. See the video here.
Will Miller – Limped off with an injured right ankle in rd 4. Expected to miss two weeks. Source here.
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.
Tyler Paul – Injured early against the Stormers in rd 3, no info on what he has done.
Jeremy Ward – Suspended for five weeks from round 4 for a dangerous tackle on Rosko Specman. Source here.
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.
Sikhumbuzo Notshe – A late withdrawal with injury before rd 3 with a four to six week shoulder injury. They “decided to take the conservative route of no operation. He should be ready in the second half of our tour should he be needed.” Source here.
Ali Vermaak – Struggling with a neck injury. Won’t play rd 5 and is even in doubt for the tour (which goes for 4 weeks). That could put him back until at worst round 10. Source here.
Edgar Marutlulle – Injured his achilles. Before round 6 his injury had been extended to more than six weeks away. Source.
RG Snyman – Forced to have ankle surgery after playing in Japan. Will be out for 2 more weeks from round 6, putting him back around round 8. Source.
Marnitz Boshoff – Originally expected back in April. More than six weeks from Rd 6. Source.
Duncan Matthews – Carried off the field in the trial and had ankle surgery on the 11th of Feb. Will be out for 2 more weeks from round 6, putting him back around round 8. Source.
Marco Jansen van Vuren – On the long term injury list. More than six weeks from Rd 6. Source.
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.
Len Massyn – Shoulder injury, aiming to be back in April. 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.
Cyle Brink – Knee injury back in August. Should be back for round 8 against the Sharks. Source.
Johannes Jonker – Recovering from a long term injury, expected to be fit for round 8 against the Sharks. Source.
Warren Whiteley – Came off with a shoulder injury, now reported as a mid grad pec tear. He will miss 6-8 weeks (rd 9-11). Source.
Aphiwe Dyantyi – Patella Injury, ruled out of at least round 5 and 6. Source here.
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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.
Jerónimo De la Fuente – Took a blow to the shoulder in round 2. Will miss 3-4 weeks. Most likely back after their round 6 bye.
Agustin Creevy – Fractured two vertebrae in his spine in rd 4. Not sure how long he is out for yet. Source here.
Marcos Kremmer – Picked up an “incomplete” fracture of the 3rd long bone in his hand in training and won’t play in round 5. Will be in a brace for at least 10 days. Expect him to miss 4-6 weeks. Source here.
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. UPDATE: Apparently they are expected back around week 6.
Lomano Lemeki – Revealed he has a stress fracture in his groin, and will “require a month or two” to heal. Source here.
Craig Millar – Suffered a fracture and dislocation in his left foot. Will be out for 12 weeks starting rd 3. Source here.
Ed Quirk – Tore the MCL on the inside of his knee. Requires an operation and 8-10 weeks off (20th April- 5th May). Source here.
Shane Gates – Broke through his lower leg in round 3. If he broke both bones as it looked, he will be going for surgery and should be gone for a significant period of time. Source here.
Kaito Shigeno – Came off early rd 3 with a rib cartilage injury. Source here.
Phil Burleigh – Pulled from his 23 jersey pregame round 4 with an injury. We have no idea what it is.
Gone for the season:
Aki Seiuli (Highlanders) – Apparently out for the season.
Mitchell Graham (Chiefs) – 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.
Tiaan Falcon (Chiefs) – 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.
Sam Lousi (Hurricanes) – Torn his pec muscle, having an operation and is out for the year. Source here.
Manasa Mataele (Crusaders) – It has finally been confirmed that his season is over after rupturing his ACL. Hopefully he is back terrorising defences next season. Source here.
Ben Hyne (Brumbies) – Re-tore his ACL just before Christmas, will likely miss the full season. Source here.
Jordan Petaia (Reds) – Has a Lisfranc injury from rd 3. Likely out for the season.
Sean McMahon (Sunwolves) – 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. 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.
Shota Horie (Sunwolves) – 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.
Rene Ranger (Sunwolves) – Did his ACL trying to step off his right leg in rd 1. Gone for the season.
Garth April (Bulls) – Required surgery on his shoulder and probably won’t be seen for the season.
Lood de Jager (Bulls)– Will miss the remainder of the Super Rugby season to get shoulder surgery. He is out for 4-5 months so we expect he needs either a shoulder reconstruction or pec muscle repair. Source here.
Gonzalo Bertranou (Jaguares) – Dislocated his shoulder and is having an operation on the 22nd of February. No return date has been set, but generally it is a five month lay off (mid July at the earliest). Source here.
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Written by your local rugby nerd Harrison Dale.