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Returned from Injury in Rd 7
Kieran Read (Crusaders) – Cleared to play this week. But got injured again the first half.
Asafo Aumua (Hurricanes) – Missed round 6 with concussion. Got his shot off the bench thanks to a Dane Coles injury.
Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs) – Missed round 6 due to illness, started and looked back to his usual self in round 7.
Tom Staniforth (Waratahs) – Came back from a preseason injury via the bench.
Pauliasi Manu (Sunwolves) – Back from concussion to start at prop.
Kaito Shigeno (Sunwolves) – Started at 9 after coming off early rd 3 with a rib cartilage injury.
Eben Etzebeth (Stormers) – Back from concussion to start at lock.
Tomás Lavanini (Jaguares) – Back from shoulder and ribs injuries in round 5.
Emiliano Boffelli (Jaguares) – Back from a hip injury in round 4.
Matias Orlando (Jaguares) – Came back off the bench from a couple of injuries.
Marcos Kremmer (Jaguares) – Fractured his hand before round 5. Already back starting.
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Jaguares) – Came back from a right shoulder injury off the bench. Got 16 minutes.
Jerónimo De la Fuente (Jaguares) – The captain is back from a shoulder injury in round 2.
Philip van der Walt (Sharks) – Delayed his comeback due to a quad cork in training. Came off the bench.
Johnny Kotze (Bulls) – Out since round 2 with viral meningitis.
New Injuries Rd 7:
Kieran Read (Crusaders) – Went down with a leg injury, managed to play on for 20 minutes before being subbed off. Named in rd 8. Source.
George Bridge (Crusaders) – Pulled pregame with a tight hamstring as a precaution. Rested again in round 8. Source.
Ryan Crotty (Crusaders) – Got an elbow to the throat. Named in round 8. Source.
Tanielu Tele’a (Blues) – Red carded late for tackling Leyds in the air. Banned for 4 weeks. Source.
Waisake Naholo (Highlanders) – Injured his knee at training before round 8. He has a grade 2 (of 3) MCL tear and will be out for 4-6 weeks. Source.
Chris Feauai-Sautia (Reds) – Tore a hamstring on Thursday before round 7, got pulled from the starting team and will be rested as a precaution for round 8 as well. Expected back Rd 9. Source.
Caleb Timu (Reds) – Banned for 5 weeks during rd 7 for punching someone in a club game of footy. Source.
Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco (Sunwolves) – Came off with ice on his ribs.
Angus Scott-Young (Reds) – Failed a concussion test.
Anaru Rangi (Rebels) – Came off with a shoulder or collar bone injury. Didn’t look too bad.
Daniel du Plessis (Stormers) – Right knee injury. Has been flown home for the remainder of the tour. Source.
Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers) – Flown back to Cape Town because his wife is due to go into labour. Source.
Wilco Louw (Stormers) – Came off with an ankle injury. Touch and go for round 8. Source.
Eben Etzebeth (Stormers) – Has a calf injury, flown home from the remainder of the tour. Source.
Schalk Brits (Bulls) – Red carded for punching on with Akkers in round 7. Confirmed as a 4 week ban. Source.
Akker van der Merwe (Sharks) – Red carded for punching on with Schalk. Banned for 3 weeks so he will be back in rd 11. Source.
Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (Jaguares) – Tore his quad, will be out for three weeks. Source.
Likely back for this week (Rd 8):
Matt Duffie (Blues) – Back to full fitness from a preseason hamstring tear before round 7. A likely ban to Tele’a means he should be back in the mix. Source.
Sio Tomkinson (Highlanders) – Concussion rd 6. Sounds like he was fit but not selected. Source.
Rob Thompson (Highlanders) – Left ankle injury in rd 2. Fit again and on the bench this week. Source.
Joe Moody (Crusaders) – Ankle injury in round 4. Apparently was a 50/50 chance to play round 7 so should play round 8. Source.
Owen Franks (Crusaders) – Had a shoulder niggle that forced him to be pulled pregame rd 6. Cleared to play round 7. Source.
Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies) – Dislocated his wrist. Was apparently a day by day decision to play in round 6, so he should play this week. Source here.
Toni Pulu (Brumbies) – Fractured his cheek rd 1. Had surgery and could be back as soon as round 8. Source.
David Pocock (Brumbies) – Came off after 64 min into round 4 with another calf strain. Touch and go for round 8. Source here.
Will Miller (Waratahs) – Limped off with an injured right ankle in rd 4. We thought he would be on the bench in rd 7 so expect him back this week. Source here.
Michael Little (Sunwolves) – Concussed in rd 5. Didn’t make the trip to Singapore for rd 6, and still hadn’t heard anything about him before rd 7. Tread cautiously. Source.
Andries Coetzee (Lions) – Has a hamstring strain, will miss round 6 as a precaution. Source.
Cyle Brink (Lions) – Knee injury back in August. Should be back for round 8 against the Sharks. Source.
Johannes Jonker (Lions) – Recovering from a long term injury, expected to be fit for round 8 against the Sharks. Source.
Salmaan Moerat (Stormers) – Got hit high from Fifita and then failed his HIA in round 6. Expected back for round 8. Source.
Seabelo Senatla (Stormers) – Flown in for round 8. Source.
Johan du Toit (Stormers) – Flown in for round 8. Source.
Ernst van Rhyn (Stormers) – Flown in for round 8. Source.
Jaco Visagie (Bulls) – Ankle injury required surgery. Was available for rd 7 so he should get a run over Corniel Els if they prefer him. Source.
Ongoing Injury List:
All Blacks are expected to miss two weeks during the Super Rugby season.
All Blacks are also not meant to play more than 6 game weeks in a row.
Kalolo Tuiloma – The prop is unavailable due to injury. No more news yet. Source here.
Liam Squire – 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.
Aaron Smith– Sprained his ankle near the end of round 6. Confirmed that he will be out for 4-6 weeks. Source. Aaron says he will be back in a month. Source.
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. Recovering slower than expected and aiming for round 10-11. Source.
James Marshall – Confirmed to have dislocated his shoulder in rd 1. Progressing well and due back round 10. Source.
Vince Aso – Had a “pretty bad” shoulder injury in round 4 according to the coach. Could be out for multiple weeks. Source here.
Toby Smith – Had an ankle injury in round 5, back round 10-11. Source.
Andries Ferreira – 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.
Gareth Evans – Has a calf strain from rd 2, aiming for round 10. Source.
Alex Fidow – Still no confirmation from scans on what is going on, still having further studies before rd 7. No word on a return date yet. Source.
Dane Coles – Strained his calf mid week before rd 7. Ruled out again for round 8, after the bye. Source.
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.
Jack Debreczeni – Concussion round 6. All going well he should be back for round 9 after the bye.
Ataata Moeakiola – Was taken to hospital with a neck injury after round 6. Cleared of any serious damage, expected back after their round 8 bye. Source.
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.
Tom Sanders –Dislocated his shoulder in round 6. He has had surgery before round 8, they are awaiting a decision on a return date now, surprised if he is back this season. Source.
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.
Joshua Goodhue – Had a shoulder injury from round 6. No more news yet.
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.
Rob Valetini – Dislocated knee cap in rd 5, will be out for 6-8 weeks. Source.
Rory Arnold– Suffered a shoulder injury in round 6. Likely to be rested for round 8. Source.
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.
Feao Fotuaika – Out for round 7 after fracturing his thumb. Source.
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.
Dane Haylett-Petty – Ruptured a ligament in his toe at the end of round 5. Out for six weeks. Source.
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.
Jed Holloway – Rib injury round 6. No word on a return date yet. Source.
Curtis Rona – Picked up a minor groin injury before round 7. Should be back for round 9. Source.
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Jean-Luc du Preez – Injured his groin playing Gloucester in his short term deal with Sale Sharks just before the end of December. Still expected to miss a few weeks as of rd 7. Source.
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.
Ruan Botha – Suffered a foot injury against the Stormers. Won’t be right for rd 7. Source.
Craig Burden – Pulled pregame rd 6 with a hamstring tear, recovered in time to play but then injured his bicep in the same week and had to have surgery! Expected to be gone for 8-12 weeks. Source.
Marius Louw – Banned for 3 weeks for a high tackle on Tom English. Back round 10. Source.
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.
JD Schickerling – Subbed early after re-aggravating an AC joint injury in round 6. Sent home and will take 3 weeks to recover. Back round 10. Source.
Edgar Marutlulle – Injured his achilles. Before round 6 his injury had been extended to more than six weeks away. Source.
Marnitz Boshoff – Originally expected back in April. More than six weeks from Rd 6. Source.
RG Snyman – Forced to have ankle surgery after playing in Japan. Full training before round 8, available for selection rd 9. Source.
Duncan Matthews – Ankle surgery on the 11th of Feb. Full training before round 8, available for selection rd 9. Source.
Marco Jansen van Vuren – On the long term injury list. More than six weeks from Rd 6. Source.
Dayan van der Westhuizen – Knee injury round 6. Will be out for 6 weeks. Source.
Warrick Gelant – Picked up a shoulder injury in round 5, was expected to be fit for rd 7 but still isn’t in the side in rd 8. 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.
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.
Kwagga Smith – Tore a groin tendon in round 5, out for 6 weeks. Source.
Dylan Smith – Actually broke his cheek bone in round 5. Out for 8-12 weeks. Source.
Vince Tshituka – Ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury. Source.
Dillon Smit – Took a knock in training before round 5 and will only be available for selection again in the next four to six weeks. Source.
Agustin Creevy – Fractured two vertebrae in his spine in rd 4. Not sure how long he is out for yet. Source here.
Bautista Delguy – 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 – 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.
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.
Phil Burleigh – Pulled from his 23 jersey pregame round 4 with an injury. We have no idea what it is.
Josh Timu – Sprained his ankle during the week before round 7. Source.
Gone for the season:
Aki Seiuli (Highlanders) – Apparently out for the season.
Tevita Nabura (Highlanders) – Suffered a season ending knee injury. Source.
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.