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Returned from Injury in Rd 10
Luke Whitelock (Highlanders) – Came off the bench this week after having a calf tear in round 8.
Aaron Smith (Highlanders) – Returned early, off the bench, from an ankle sprain.
Jack Debreczeni (Chiefs) – Came back from concussion but got injured.
Atu Moli (Chiefs) – Played his first game off the bench this week back from an elbow injury.
Michael Allardice (Chiefs) – Recovered from a back injury from before round 9.
Liam Polwart (Chiefs) – Had a preseason concussion. Made his first appearance this week.
Mitch Brown (Chiefs) – Returned via the bench this week.
James Marshall (Hurricanes) – Back from his dislocated shoulder via the bench.
Billy Proctor (Hurricanes) – Recovered from a shoulder injury we didn’t know he had to take his place on the bench.
Jed Holloway (Waratahs) – Recovered from a rib injury to start.
Curtis Rona (Waratahs) – Back from a minor groin injury, but only came off the bench.
Jack Maddocks (Rebels) – Back from a rest as he manages his patella tendinopathy.
Matt Philip (Rebels)– Missed round 9 with a tear to his plantar fascia. Started this week.
Anaru Rangi (Rebels) – Ankle injury has settled for him to start this week.
Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco (Sunwolves) – Back from a rib injury to play in the centres!
Kwagga Smith (Lions) – Recovered from a groin tendon injury in round 5 to start.
Warren Whiteley (Lions) – Recovered from a pec injury, so flew over to play.
Robbie Coetzee (Lions) – Recovered from a long term injury. Originally named to start but ended up coming off the bench.
Siya Kolisi (Stormers) – Sent home from the tour to have a rest for round 9. Came off the bench in round 10.
Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers) – Flown back to Cape Town after rd 8 for paternity leave. Started in rd 10.
JJ Engelbrecht (Stormers) – Recovered from injury to take his place on the bench.
Marius Louw (Sharks) – Back from his 3 week ban to play off the bench.
Sbu Nkosi (Sharks) – Started round 10 and looked as agile as ever.
New Injuries Rd 10:
Jack Debreczeni (Chiefs) – Stretchered off on half time with another concussion.
Ben Lam (Hurricanes) – Limping for much of the night on his ankle or calf. Apparently pulled as more of a precaution. Source.
Sione Mafileo (Blues) – Seen on the sideline heavily icing his ankle after 15 minutes.
Ben Smith (Highlanders) – Not injured but will be rested for round 11. Source.
Scott Barrett (Crusaders) – Being rested for rd 11, the second of his rests. Source.
Matt Todd (Crusaders) – Being rested for rd 11, the second of his rests. Source.
Jamie Booth (Sunwolves) – Came off with concussion. Source.
Jack Hardy (Reds) – Came off with an injured knee.
Jack Maddocks (Rebels) – Came off after only a few minutes with a concussion.
Will Genia (Rebels) – Limped off with a right hip injury.
Sam Carter (Brumbies) – Limped off the field after 64 minutes. Looked absolutely gassed after 30 min.
Josh Mann-Rea (Brumbies) – Flown home from the tour after tearing his ACL against the Stormers. Source.
Tolu Latu (Waratahs) – Available after serving his 6 week ban. Source.
Gianni Lombard (Lions) – Hurt his left knee trying to step someone. I get the feeling he has done his ACL with how it looked.
Malcolm Marx (Lions) – Has been flown home to rest from round 11. Source.
Juan Schoeman (Sharks) – Came off with a badly injured leg after a scrum collapsed on him. Looked bad.
Cobus Wiese (Stormers) – Came off with a concussion after a big head knock with Fainga’a.
Dan Kriel (Stormers) – Took a shot to the ribs and had to come off. Looked really sore.
Salmaan Moerat (Stormers) – Came off with what looked like a bad concussion.
Likely back for this week (Rd 11):
Rob Thompson (Highlanders) – Missed round 10 for family reasons. Source.
Brodie Retallick (Chiefs) – Copped a shoulder stinger in the dying stages of rd 9, also had a wrist injury. Given last week off should play this one. Source.
Nathan Harris (Chiefs) – Knee injury in round 9. Being rested in round 10. Source.
Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs) – Pulled up with a tight hamstring after training in round 10 so was rested for the week. Source.
Alex Fidow (Hurricanes) – Named to play in the Hurricane Hunters in round 10. You’d think he should be back available for selection from round 11. Source.
Toby Smith (Hurricanes) – Had an ankle injury in round 5, back round 10-11. Source.
George Bridge (Crusaders) – 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 and expected to play this week. Source.
Codie Taylor (Crusaders) – Pulled pregame rd 9 with a tight calf, Should return this week. Source.
Shambeckler Vui (Waratahs) – Played Shute shield for Southern Districts in round 8, 9 and 10 so should really be available for selection.
Shota Horie (Sunwolves) – Flown in to join the Sunwolves team before rd 11. Source.
Yu Tamura (Sunwolves) – Flown in to join the Sunwolves team before rd 11. Source.
Grant Hattingh (Sunwolves) – Back from injury and starting at flanker. Source.
Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks) – Rested in round 10, apparently not injured. Source.
Tyler Paul (Sharks) – Injured early against the Stormers in rd 3, came back off the bench this week.
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.
Eben Etzebeth (Stormers) – Expected to return from a calf injury. Source.
JD Schickerling (Stomers) – Subbed early after re-aggravating an AC joint injury in round 6. Expected to be fit to start this week. Source.
Ali Vermaak (Stormers) – Was expected to be back after the tour (rd 10) due to his neck injury but wasn’t named. Maybe back this week. Source.
EW Viljoen (Stormers) – Had surgery for a stress fracture. Back training and will play for the development side in round 10. Source.
Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers) – Shoulder injury. Playing for the development side in round 10. Expected to be back for round 11. Source.
Jason Jenkins (Bulls) – Training with the team, a decision on his availability will be made later in the week. Source.
Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (Jaguares) – Tore his quad in round 7, will be out for three weeks (back rd 11). 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.
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.
Marty Banks – Suffered a broken bone in his foot in rd 8 and will be unavailable for four to six weeks. Source.
The Hurricanes in 2018 wouldn’t play anyone that isn’t fit to play fully on Monday of the game week.
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.
Nehe Milner-Skudder – Injured his shoulder on November 3. Recovering slower than expected and aiming for round 10-11. Source.
Gareth Evans – Has a calf strain from rd 2, As of round 10 he was still “a week or two away”. Source.
Dane Coles – Strained his calf mid week before rd 7. Ruled out again for round 8, hopefully back after the bye, not named for rd 10. 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.
Aidan Ross – Ruled out of round 9 and 10 with a neck injury. Source.
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.
Owen Franks – Having a scan on his shoulder after injuring it last week. Won’t play rd 11, Expected to be rescanned in the next fortnight as well. 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.
Sonny Bill Williams – 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 – Took a direct hit to his knee and had to come off. Now ruled out of round 9 and 10 as well. 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.
Lachlan McCaffrey – Aggravated his medial ligament in his knee in rd 9. Didn’t play round 10 but expected back after in round 12. Source.
David Pocock – Flown home from South Africa after round 10 to continue in his recovery. We don’t know what’s wrong with him but this is not a regular calf tear. Expected back round 12. 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.
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.
Filipo Daugunu – Broke his forearm in rd 8, so most likely out for six weeks.
Jordan Uelese – Still recovering from a knee reconstruction. Still a month away from the 2nd of April. Source.
Matt Toomua – Asked for an early release from Leicester, if they win (in our rd 11) then they would be safe from relegation and may actually let him go by our round 12. Otherwise he will play for them until at least the 18th of May so won’t be back before round 16 at the earliest. Source.
Dane Haylett-Petty – Ruptured a ligament in his toe at the end of round 5. Said he was still 2-3 weeks away before round 9.
Angus Cottrell – Copped a concussion at training before rd 10 and missed the game. 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.
Ned Hanigan – Suffered an MCL injury against the Blues in rd 8. Originally thought to be right for round 10 but now listed as unlikely for Rd 11. Basically this means he was a grade 2 injury, not a grade 1. Source.
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.
Ramone Samuels – Severe Knee injury in August of last year. No definite come back date yet. Source here.
Daniel du Plessis – Right knee injury. News has gotten worse for Dan, before round 10 they said he will “be out for a while”. Source.
Chris van Zyl – Ruled out for at least six weeks due to a back injury in rd 8 (back rd 15). Source.
SP Marais – Injured his hip flexor trying to convert the Stormers last try in rd 8. Sent home from tour so at least won’t play round 9. Source.
Jano Vermaak – The scrum half is likely back in the next two weeks (said before round 10). Source.
Jaco Coetzee – Came off with a knee injury in rd 9. Apparently just a bony bruise of the knee cap. Back after 2-3 weeks. 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.
Eli Snyman – Went off with a grade 3 AC joint injury to his shoulder in rd 8. Out for at least six weeks. Source.
Ruan Steenkamp – Concussed and fractured his jaw in rd 8. Expected back for round 12. Source.
Tim Agaba – Likely back with the team after round 11. 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.
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.
Courtnall Skosan – Returned to South Africa as his father is gravely ill before rd 10. 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.
Ramiro Moyano – It sounds like he took a shot around his back or Kidney’s in rd 8. Was discharged (we guess from hospital) and has been sent home from the tour. Source. Update: At least won’t play round 11. Source.
Lucio Sordoni – Tore his quad in rd 8 and has been sent home from the tour. Source.
Matías Moroni – Suffered a blow that caused a nasal obstruction and will undergo surgery to drain it. Estimated return for rd 12 against the Stormers. 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.
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. Before Rd 10 he said he should be “okay in a couple of weeks”. Source.
Amanaki Mafi – Spending round 10 and 11 with the international squad. Source.
Gone for the season:
Aki Seiuli (Highlanders) – Apparently out for the season.
Richard Buckman (Highlanders) -Having an operation on an Achilles tear, out for the season. Source.
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.
Damian McKenzie (Chiefs) – Has torn his ACL and will be having a reconstruction in the next few weeks. Out for the season and the RWC. Source.
Sam Lousi (Hurricanes) – Torn his pec muscle, having an operation and is out for the year. Source here.
Vince Aso (Hurricanes) – His round 4 pec injury will now rule him out for the season. Source.
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.
Tom Sanders (Crusaders) –Dislocated his shoulder in round 6. He has had surgery before round 8 and won’t be back for six months. Source.
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.
Bautista Delguy (Jaguares) – Had surgery for an ankle injury after round 5 and has been ruled out for 4 months. Gone for the season. Source.
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Written by your local rugby nerd Harrison Dale.