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Returned from Injury in Rd 8
Joshua Goodhue (Blues) – Had a shoulder injury from round 6. Started this week and got his work rate back up.
Caleb Clarke (Blues) – Pulled pregame for a knee injury rd 2. Started on the wing and scored a flash try.
Rob Thompson (Highlanders) – Left ankle injury in rd 2. Came off the bench early after an injury to the Barracuda.
Joe Moody (Crusaders) – Ankle injury in round 4. Started in round 8.
Owen Franks (Crusaders) – Had a shoulder niggle that forced him to be pulled pregame rd 6. Finally played his 150th game.
Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies) – Made his comeback starting from his wrist injury.
Toni Pulu (Brumbies) – Fractured his cheek rd 1. Played a full game this week.
Will Miller (Waratahs) – Limped off with an injured right ankle in rd 4. Started in place of the rested Hooper.
Josh Timu (Sunwolves) – Sprained his ankle during the week before round 7. Back this week off the bench.
Andries Coetzee (Lions) – Back from his hamstring strain.
Cyle Brink (Lions) – Made his comeback from a knee injury he got back in August.
Salmaan Moerat (Stormers) – Got hit high from Fifita and then failed his HIA in round 6. Back off the bench in rd 8.
Jaco Visagie (Bulls) – Back from ankle surgery off the bench.
Agustin Creevy (Jaguares) – Back from a fractured spine in rd 4!
New Injuries Rd 8:
Richard Buckman (Highlanders) -Having an operation on an Achilles tear, out for the season. Source.
Marty Banks (Highlanders) – Suffered a broken bone in his foot and will be unavailable for four to six weeks. Source.
Luke Whitelock (Highlanders) – Came off late with a slight calf tear. Missing round 9, hopefully back for round 10. Source.
Codie Taylor (Crusaders) – Pulled pregame with a tight calf, will be given the extra week to recover before playing after the bye. Source.
Owen Franks (Crusaders) – Having a scan on his shoulder after injuring it last week. Hopefully back after the rd 10 bye. Source.
Sonny Bill Williams (Blues) – Missed round 8 with a knee injury. Now had an arthroscopy (clean out) and will miss “at least six weeks”, this is definitely longer than normal so should be a cause for concern. Source.
Blake Gibson (Blues) – Took a direct hit to his knee and had to come off. Now ruled out of round 9 and 10 as well. Source.
Michael Allardice (Chiefs) – Ruled out of round 9 with injury. Source.
Mitch Brown (Chiefs) – Ruled out of round 9 with injury. Source.
Aidan Ross (Chiefs) – Ruled out of round 9 with injury. Source.
Ned Hanigan (Waratahs) – Subbed off after 10 minutes. No word yet on what happened.
Filipo Daugunu (Reds) – Took a direct shot to the forearm and is assumed to be broken. Source.
Billy Meakes (Rebels) – Cited for a late tackle on Jason Emery. Cleared to play this week. Source.
Jack Maddocks (Rebels) – Out of round 9 with a patella tendinopathy. This is an overload condition that is far from ideal in a young kid. Missing this week but I’d suggest they will have to manage his training and/ or playing loads. He probably would have been managing it all season. Source.
Matt Philip (Rebels) – Missing round 9 with a bruised heel. Source.
Anaru Rangi (Rebels) – Has an ankle issue so won’t be played in rd 9. Source.
Eli Snyman (Bulls) – Went off with a grade 3 AC joint injury to his shoulder. Out for at least six weeks. Source.
Ruan Steenkamp (Bulls) – Concussed and fractured his jaw. Out for at least 4 weeks. Source.
SP Marais (Stormers) – Injured his hip flexor trying to convert the Stormers last try. Sent home from tour so at least won’t play round 9. Source.
Chris van Zyl (Stormers) – Ruled out for at least six weeks due to a back injury. Source.
Siya Kolisi (Stormers) – Sent home from the tour to have a rest for round 9. No injury. Source.
Ramiro Moyano (Jaguares) – It sounds like he took a shot around his back or Kidney’s. Was discharged (we guess from hospital) and has been sent home from the tour. Source.
Lucio Sordoni (Jaguares) – Tore his quad and has been sent home from the tour. Source.
Likely back for this week (Rd 9):
Oliver Jager (Crusaders) – Has a shoulder injury. Was originally targeting a round 9 return but we haven’t heard any update. Source here.
Jack Debreczeni (Chiefs) – Concussion round 6. Expected to get a run off the bench. Source.
Ataata Moeakiola (Chiefs) – Was taken to hospital with a neck injury after round 6. Cleared of any serious damage and back for round 9. Source.
Jed Brown (Blues) – Went off with a sore calf in the trial on the 25th of Jan. Gets his first crack off the bench this week.
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. Flown to South Africa for Rd 9. Source.
Angus Scott-Young (Reds) – Failed a concussion test in rd 7. Late omission for round 8 so we expect him back this week. Source.
Rory Arnold (Brumbies) – Suffered a shoulder injury in round 6. Was rested for round 8 so should be back. Source.
Wilco Louw (Stormers) – Came off with an ankle injury. Named to start rd 9. Source.
Jeremy Ward (Sharks) – Suspended for five weeks from round 4 for a dangerous tackle on Rosko Specman. Source here.
Kwagga Smith (Lions) – Tore a groin tendon in round 5, out for 6 weeks. Gone on tour for round 9 though so could be back earlier than round 11. Source.
RG Snyman (Bulls) – Forced to have ankle surgery after playing in Japan. Full training before round 8, available for selection rd 9. Source.
Marco van Staden (Bulls) – Finally selected after being declared fit two weeks ago.
Duncan Matthews (Bulls) – Ankle surgery on the 11th of Feb. Full training before round 8, available for selection rd 9. Source.
Warrick Gelant (Bulls) – Picked up a shoulder injury in round 5, fit for round 9. 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– Originally out for six weeks after spraining his ankle near the end of round 6. Recovering quickly so should be back round 11 or 12. Source.
Waisake Naholo – 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.
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, back 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. Started contact work after round 8. Targeting a late April, early May return. Source.
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.
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.
Tom Sanders –Dislocated his shoulder in round 6. He has had surgery before round 8 and won’t be back for six months. Source.
George Bridge – Pulled pregame with a tight hamstring/ knee injury as a precaution before rd 7. Given the extra week (rd 9) before the bye to recover. 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.
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
Tanielu Tele’a – Red carded late for tackling Leyds in the air rd 7. Banned for 4 weeks. Source.
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.
David Pocock – Came off after 64 min into round 4 with another calf strain. Was touch and go for round 8 so should play this 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.
Feao Fotuaika – Out for round 7 after fracturing his thumb. Source.
Caleb Timu – Banned for 5 weeks during rd 7 for punching someone in a club game of footy.
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. Has apparently asked for an early release that was denied. 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 – Played Shute shield for Southern Districts in round 8. Should return after the bye.
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. So back round 10. 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. Said he would be back this week on twitter.
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.
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.
Akker van der Merwe – Red carded for punching on with Schalk. Banned for 3 weeks so he will be back in rd 11. 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.
Daniel du Plessis – Right knee injury. Has been flown home for the remainder of the tour so will miss at least round 9. Source.
Pieter-Steph du Toit – Flown back to Cape Town because his wife is due to go into labour. We assume he will be back for round 9 at home. Source.
Eben Etzebeth – Has a calf injury, flown home from the remainder of the tour so will miss at least round 9. 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.
Dayan van der Westhuizen – Knee injury round 6. Will be out for 6 weeks. Source.
Schalk Brits – Red carded for punching on with Akkers in round 7. Confirmed as a 4 week ban. 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.
Warren Whiteley – Came off with a mid grad pec tear. Has recovered but will only be a chance for round 10 onwards. On stand by for the tour from round 9. 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. from round 5 Source.
Dillon Smit – Hamstring injury. Took a knock in training before round 5 and will only be available for selection again in the next four to six weeks. Source.
Jacobie Adriaanse – Hamstring injury as of before rd 9. Source.
Pieter Jansen – Calf injury as of before rd 9. Source.
Ruan Vermaak – Fractured right thumb as of before rd 9. Source.
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.
Joaquin Diaz Bonilla – Tore his quad in round 7, will be out for three weeks. Source.
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.
Michael Little – 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. Hopefully back after the round 9 bye. Source.
Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco – Came off with ice on his ribs and missed rd 7. No more news but most people don’t miss too long with a rib injury.
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.
Israel Dagg (Crusaders) – Officially retired from rugby at age 30 due to his arthritic knee.
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.