The Casualty Ward Rd 12

Round 12 of the Casualty Ward is here, we are now two thirds of the way through the regular season and the injuries keep mounting up across the competition. Plenty more news to come throughout the week, so make sure you circle back to us in a couple of days.

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Returned from Injury in Rd 12

Alex Fidow (Hurricanes) – Was back on the bench this week but ended up being pulled pregame.
Toby Smith (Hurricanes) – Had an ankle injury in round 5, back off the bench this week.
Blake Gibson (Blues) – Back from a bad knee laceration in round 8.

Jamie Booth(Sunwolves) – Came off with concussion in round 10, off the bench this week.
Phil Burleigh (Sunwolves) – Returns from a pregame injury in round 4 to take his spot in the midfield.
Tom Robertson (Waratahs) – ACL reconstruction (knee) in mid October. Came back early due to other injuries and looked solid.
Ned Hanigan (Waratahs) – Suffered an MCL injury against the Blues in rd 8. Played in the number 8 jersey this week.
Will Miller (Waratahs) – Recovered from an injury to play off the bench.
Jack Maddocks (Rebels) – Back from a round 10 concussion.
Dane Haylett-Petty (Rebels) – Ruptured a ligament in his toe at the end of round 5. Recovered to play this week.
Angus Cottrell (Rebels) – Back from a concussion in training before rd 10.
Will Genia (Rebels) – Recovered over the bye from a right hip injury in round 10.

Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers) – Shoulder injury. Made his comeback off the bench.
Dan Kriel (Stormers) – Recovered from a minor rib injury in round 10.
Jaco Coetzee (Stormers) – Back from a bone bruise to his knee cap in rd 9.

Akker van der Merve (Sharks) – returned home before rd 13 with a slight shoulder injury. Source.

Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (Jaguares) – Back on the bench after recovering from a quad tear.
Lucio Sordoni (Jaguares) – Tore his quad in rd 8 but back on the bench this week.
Ramiro Moyano (Jaguares) -Back from a kidney or back injury in round 8. Scored a try but didn’t have much to do.
Matías Moroni (Jaguares) – Suffered a blow that caused a nasal obstruction and underwent surgery to drain it. Started at outside centre instead of wing with Jero pulled out late.

. Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (Jaguares) – Back on the bench after recovering from a quad tear.
Lucio Sordoni (Jaguares) – Tore his quad in rd 8 but back on the bench this week.
Ramiro Moyano (Jaguares) -Back from a kidney or back injury in round 8. Scored a try but didn’t have much to do.
Matías Moroni (Jaguares) – Suffered a blow that caused a nasal obstruction and underwent surgery to drain it. Started at outside centre instead of wing with Jero pulled out late.

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New Injuries Rd 12:

Will Jordan (Crusaders) – Injured his foot in the first half, will miss the entire two week tour of South Africa. Source.
Sam Whitelock (Crusaders) – Will miss the first tour game against the Bulls because he just had a baby. Will fly over to play round 14. Source.
Liam Mitchell (Hurricanes) – Looks like he might have broken his hand.
Alex Fidow (Hurricanes) – Was back on the bench this week but ended up being pulled pregame.
Lachlan Boshier (Chiefs) – Came off the field after 20 minutes with a back injury. Won’t play in round 13, should play next week. Source.
Michael Allardice (Chiefs) – Came off after only 26 minutes with a knee injury. Won’t play in round 13. Should play next week. Source.
Taleni Seu (Chiefs) – Came off with a shoulder injury in the second half, “doubtful” for this weekend. Source.
Laghlan McWhannell (Chiefs) – Got injured in Waikato club footy on Saturday. Unavailable for this week. Source.
Ben Smith (Highlanders) – A high hamstring tear and a concussion. He is expected to return between 6-8 weeks (returning between the quarter final or grand final), so that could be the end of his season. Source.
Jackson Hemopo (Highlanders) – Missing round 13 with a minor knee injury, still running so should be right for the SA tour. Source.

Harry Hockings (Reds) – Red card for putting a boot into Vosayco’s face. There wasn’t a lot in it, but had to be a red, confirmed he is banned for three weeks so should be back in round 16. Source.
Rory Arnold (Brumbies) – Came off with an ankle injury, apparently it could be a high ankle sprain. In doubt for this week. Source.
Semisi Masirewa (Sunwolves) – Two yellow cards, turned into a red. First one for being offside and the second for a high tackle. He has been banned for 1 week. Source.

Kerron van Vuuren (Sharks) – Concussion.
Burger Odendaal (Bulls) – Ruled out late with his injury from last week, fully recovered for week 13. Source.
Warrick Gelant (Bulls) – Unwell before the game started, had planned to come off after 60 minutes. He will be fine this week.
Hanro Liebenberg (Bulls) – Concussed, unlikely to play the Crusaders this week. Source.
Sergeal Petersen (Stormers) – Went down with an ankle injury at the start of the game and couldn’t play on.
JD Schickerling (Stormers) – Didn’t come back on after half time, it isn’t known whether or not it was an injury at this stage.
Jeronimo de la Fuente (Jaguares) -Pulled pregame with an “illness in his foot”, got to love google translate. Source.

Likely back for this week (Rd 13):

Ryan Crotty (Crusaders) – Apparently passed his HIA off the field, but because of his concussion history he was left off the field.
Andrew Makalio (Crusaders) – Has a calf injury, back training with the team after round 11, now named in the tour squad for round 13. Source.
TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) – On All Black’s rest week last week.
Gareth Evans (Hurricanes) – Has a calf strain from rd 2, As of round 10 he was still “a week or two away”. Source.
Tanielu Tele’a (Blues) – Red carded late for tackling Leyds in the air rd 7. Banned for 4 weeks. Source.
Liam Squire (Highlanders) – Hip injury is fine but also damaged his MCL ligament (Knee) before round 6. Back via the bench this week. Source.
Waisake Naholo (Highlanders) – Injured his MCL before round 8. Back in full training, must not have tolerated the week because he has been gievn round 13 off as well. Source.
Mitch Karpik (Chiefs) – Recovered from a knee injury and played club rugby last week. Likely to take Boshier’s spot in the starting side. Source.
Jack Debreczeni (Chiefs) – Stretchered off on half time with another concussion in round 10. No word on his recovery yet but he could be back.
Alex Nankivell (Chiefs) – Missed round 12 with illness. Source.

Adam Coleman (Rebels) – Has a niggly shoulder injury so won’t play in round 12. Source.
Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies) – Has a minor knee injury that should only keep him out of round 12. Source.
Lachlan McCaffrey (Brumbies) – Aggravated his medial ligament in his knee in rd 9. Ruled out again in rd 12, should be back for rd 13. Source.
Rob Valetini (Brumbies) – Dislocated knee cap in rd 5, expected to be back this week. Source.
Caleb Timu (Reds) – Banned for 5 weeks during rd 7 for punching someone in a club game of footy. Back round 13.
Michael Wells (Waratahs) – Injured his hamstring in round 11. Still has to get through training but will hopefully be available this week. Source.
Tolu Latu (Waratahs) – Suffered a calf injury in rd 11. Flown in to join the Waratahs before round 13. Source.

Aphiwe Dyantyi (Lions) – Came off with a concussion in rd 11. Expected to be back this week.
Cyle Brink (Lions) – Has a small ligament strain in his knee from rd 11. Expected to be right for round 13. Source.
Warren Whiteley (Lions) – Didn’t play round 11 due a small cartilage tear in his knee. Before round 13 it was said he would miss at least another “2-3 weeks”. Source.
Vincent Tshituka (Lions) – Ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury. from round 5 so back this week.
Courtnall Skosan (Lions) – Back from personal.
Dylan Smith (Lions) – Broke his cheek bone in round 5 back this week.
Siya Kolisi (Stormers) – Rested for round 12. Source.
Frans Malherbe (Stormers) – Rested for round 12. Source.
Schalk Brits (Bulls) – Red carded for punching on with Akkers in round 7. Confirmed as a 4 week ban but still not selected in round 12. Source.
Jason Jenkins (Bulls) – Back in full training after the Bulls announced he was still struggling with his pec injury last week. Source.
Dayan van der Westhuizen (Bulls) – Knee injury round 6. Back training with the team. Source.
Eli Snyman (Bulls) – Went off with a grade 3 AC joint injury to his shoulder in rd 8. Back training with the squad this week. Source.
Ruan Steenkamp (Bulls) – Concussed and fractured his jaw in rd 8. Captaining the Blue Bulls development side in rd 12 so should be available if selected. Source.
Tim Agaba (Bulls) – Back available for selection from rd 12. Source.
Martín Landajo (Jaguares) – Suffered a fractured jaw in round 5. was expected back around rd 10, may just be struggling to get a run. Source.

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Ongoing Injury List:

NEW ZEALAND
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.

Highlanders
Kalolo Tuiloma – The prop is unavailable due to injury. No more news yet. Source here.
Marty Banks – Suffered a broken bone in his foot in rd 8 and will be unavailable for four to six weeks. Source.

Hurricanes
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. Recovery has been pushed back even further, only stben larting some contact work after round 11 and may not even play again this season. Source.
Dane Coles – Strained his calf mid week before rd 7. No firm return date, we only know that he will be “back at some point this season”. Source.
Ben Lam – Tore his calf. Apparently pulled as more of a precaution in round 11 but now expected back in a week or two (rd 13-14). Source.

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. Started contact work after round 8. Targeting a return in round 15 against the Reds. 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.
Brodie Retallick – Copped a shoulder stinger in the dying stages of rd 9. Also has a wrist injury that will likely see him return in round 15. Source.

Crusaders
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 – Confirmed to have a small “tear” in his shoulder (I assume they mean rotator cuff). He will miss at least the next four weeks from round 12. So at the earliest he will be back round 16. Source.

Blues
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
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.
Sione Mafileo – Facing a stint on the sideline after suffering an ankle during round 10. Source.

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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.

Brumbies
David Pocock – The calf tear that never ends. Expected to miss round 13 and maybe 14. Source.

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.
Feao Fotuaika – Out for round 7 after fracturing his thumb. Source.
Filipo Daugunu – Broke his forearm in rd 8, so most likely out for six weeks.

Rebels
Jordan Uelese – Has recovered from his knee reconstruction in 2018. Playing club footy for the first time in rd 13. 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.

Waratahs
Jed Holloway – Red carded for elbowing Thomas du Toit in the head. Banned for 3 weeks, back round 15. Source.
Jack Dempsey – Suffered a back injury in rd 11, hasn’t gone on tour for round 12 or 13. Source.
Rory O’Connor – Suffered a rib injury in rd 11, hasn’t gone on tour for round 12 or 13. Source.

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SOUTH AFRICA
Sharks
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.
Juan Schoeman – Came off with a badly injured leg after a scrum collapsed on him in round 10. Looked bad.
Tendai Mtawarira – Tore his MCL (knee) in round 11. Has returned home for more testing and will play no further part in the Sharks tour. Source.

Stormers

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.
Salmaan Moerat – Came off with what looked like a bad concussion in round 10.
Ruhan Nel – Fractured his ankle at training before round 11. No word on a return date but I would think at least six weeks.
Pieter-Steph du Toit – Came off with a shoulder injury in rd 11, expected back after their rd 13 bye. Source.
Ernst van Rhyn – The loose forward suffered an elbow injury in rd 11, looks set to be out for up to six weeks. Source.

Bulls
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.
Marco Jansen van Vuren – On the long term injury list. More than six weeks from Rd 6. Source.
Jesse Kriel – Injured his ankle in round 11 and needs surgery. Will be available in 6-8 weeks. Source.
Jade Stighling – Came off with a concussion. Won’t play round 12. Source.

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.
Len Massyn – Shoulder injury, aiming to be back in April. Source here.
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 before rd 9. Source.
Pieter Jansen – Calf injury before rd 9. Source.
Ruan Vermaak – Fractured right thumb before rd 9. Source.
Sylvian Mahuza – Came off with an LCL injury in rd 11. Will have further testing down during the week.

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ARGENTINA/JAPAN
Jaguares
Joaquin Tuculet – Pulled mid week round 11 because his knee swelled up, not on tour for rds 13-16. Source.

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. 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.
Michael Little – Concussed in rd 5. Before Rd 10 he said he should be “okay in a couple of weeks” but he still isn’t in the tour squad for rounds 12 and 13. Source.
Amanaki Mafi – Spent round 10 and 11 with the international squad and now not in the tour squad for round 12 and 13. Source.
Dan Pryor – Has missed both rounds 11 and 12 with a foot injury.

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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.
Bryn Gatland (Highlanders) – Came of with a serious left foot injury in round 11. Sounds like a bad Lis Franc injury which is what Nehe Milner-Skudder had last year, gone for 6 months. 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
Josh Mann-Rea (Brumbies) – Flown home from the tour after tearing his ACL against the Stormers. Gone for the season. Source.
Jordan Petaia (Reds) – Has a Lisfranc injury from rd 3. Likely out for the season. 
Jack Hardy (Reds) – Tore his ACL in round 10. Gone for the year. Source.
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 hereSean 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.
Gianni Lombard (Lions) – Tore his ACL, MCL and menisucs trying step someone in round 10, gone for the season. Source.
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.

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