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Returning from injury (Rd 3):
Tony Lamborn (Blues) – Missed rd 2 with an infected cut, came off the bench this week.
Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders) – Recovered from a niggly knee and groin injuries to start this week but still wasn’t kicking for goal.
Dane Coles (Hurricanes) – Came back via the bench.
Scott Scrafton (Hurricanes) – Was pulled pre-game rd 2, started again this week.
Harry Hockings (Reds) – Made his come back from a broken hand via the bench.
JD Schickerling (Stormers) – His delayed return was finally completed coming back off the bench.
Willem Alberts (Lions) – Recovered from a bicep (arm) injury to play off the bench.
Juan Cruz Mallia (Jaguares) – Suffered a concussion in rd 1 but started this week.
Bautista Delguy (Jaguares) – Recovered from an adductor (groin) muscle overload.
New Injuries (Rd 3):
Sio Tomkinson (Highlanders) – Banned for 3 weeks a shoulder charge on Tom Banks, at the time only given a yellow. Means he should return for round 7. Source.
Rob Thompson (Highlanders) – Pulled pregame with a quad injury. Source.
Josh Goodhue (Blues) – Left the field with an ankle injury early in the match. Hasn’t gone on tour to South Africa for 2 weeks, aiming to play round 6. Source.
Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs) – Came off after 44 minutes with a mild ankle sprain. Due to be rested in round 4 now.
Scott Barrett (Crusaders) – Tweaked his MCL and is in doubt to play rd 4 before their bye week. Source.
Oli Jager (Crusaders) – Suffering with concussion and has to go through the return to play protocos. Source.
Will Jordan (Crusaders) – Suffered a groin strain late in the game. Source.
Reed Prinsep (Hurricanes) – Pulled pregame not sure why. Source.
Fraser Armstrong (Hurricanes) – Apparently took a knock but no update yet. Source.
Reece Hodge (Rebels) – Had his groin strapped before the game, had to come off after only 20 minutes looking to have aggravated it.
Anaru Rangi (Rebel) – Came off in the first half.
Frank Lomani (Rebels) – Was removed from the Rebels game day squad because they were deemed to have too many international players.
Cameron Clark (Waratahs) – pulled off at half time, not sure if it was an injury.
Darcy Swain (Brumbies) – Ruled out pregame with his shoulder niggle having failed to recover.
Irae Simone (Brumbies) – Pulled pregame due to illness.
Jordan Petaia (Reds) – Sounds like he dislocated his shoulder on Wednesday. He has flown back for scans but generally that’s a 6 week injury at best, and often a season ending operation.
Salmaan Moerat (Stormers) – Came off wth a concussion.
Agustin Creevy (Jagaures) – Pulled pregame after failing to recover from a bicep injury. Won’t travel to South Africa, they tour for three weeks so we don’t know if he will miss the full tour. Source.
Jeronimo de la Fuente (Jagaures) – Pulled pregame. Will be evaluated for rd 4. Source.
Thomas du Toit (Sharks) – Pulled pregame due to illness. Source.
Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks) – Suffered a concussion. Source.
Boeta Chamberlain (Sharks) – Suffered a concussion. Source.
Curwin Bosch (Sharks) – Missed the game for a family funeral, flying back to NZ for round 4. Source.
Likely back for this week (Rd 4):
James Blackwell (Hurricanes) – Left out of rd 3 to rest a niggly toe injury so likely back this week. Source.
Pari Pari Parkinson (Highlanders) – Ruled out of rd 3 with a “grumbly” ankle injury. Likely to be fit for this week. Source.
Tei Walden (Highlanders) – Filled in on the bench with Rob Thompson a late withdrawl in rd 3. Obviously wasn’t right with his rib injury because he didn’t take the field. Source.
Rieko Ioane (Blues) – Fractured his hand rd 1, back in the tour squad for the 2 weeks in South Africa. Source.
Otere Black (Blues) – Recovered from his rib injury to tour this week. Source.
Luke Jacobson (Chiefs) – Lingering concussion symptoms ruled him out of the start of the year. Apaprently could be back this week. Source.
Luke Jones (Rebels) – Sidelined with a back injury since rd 2, no confirmation but we assume it is only a minor thing, we are starting to loose faith though… Source.
Darcy Swain (Brumbies) – Meant to return from missing last week with a shoulder “niggle” but didn’t recover in time for rd 3. Source.
Tom Cusack (Brumbies) – Concussed in rd 2, more than likely back this week but we haven’t heard from their camp. Source.
Harry Hoopert (Reds) – Struggled with a back injury to this point of the season but now deemed fit for round 4. Source.
Fraser McReight (Reds) – Had offseason hip surgery then dislocated his thumb. Fit for selection this week. Source.
Jaco Coetzee (Stormers) – Missed rd 3 with concussion, should be back for rd 4. Source.
Herschel Jantjies (Stormers) – Missed rd 3 with injury but due back in rd 4. Source.
Ross Cronje (Lions) – Returned to full training from his bad ankle injury before rd 2, captained the reserve grade team in rd 3. Source.
Joaquin Diaz Bonilla (Jaguares) – Back touring South Africa this week having recovered from his oblique (abdominal) muscle strain from rd 1. Source.
Ongoing Injury List:
Thomas Umaga-Jensen – Had off season shoulder surgery and is out until April. Source.
Connor Garden-Bachop – Had an operation on his back and will miss 5-6 months meaning he won’t be back until June at the earliest. Source.
Manaaki Selby-Rickit – Serving a 4 game suspension after being found guilty of assualt. Will miss the 2 preseason games and the Highlanders first 2 games. Source.
Jeff Thwaites – Should be back around round 4 or 5 from an ankle injury. Source.
Ngane Punivai – Will return in round 4 or 5 from a knee injury. Source.
Scott Gregory – Not injured, but is due to leave for the NZ 7s around March.
Tevita Nabura – Still getting over an operation on his lower back after he suffered an injury at training just before Christmas and is not expected back until the end of March. Source.
Etene Nanai-Seturo – Currently with the NZ 7’s, we believe he is unlikely to play much Super Rugby.
Nepo Laulala – His rd 1 MCL tear will rule him out for 6 weeks. Source.
Angus Ta’avou – His knee injury should rule him out for 6 weeks. Source.
Ardie Savea – Will miss 5-6 months due to having to undergo knee surgery after hurting himself during the World Cup Semi Final. Announced December 1st, meaning he would likely only be back for the finals. Source.
Salesi Rayasi – Currently with the NZ 7’s, we believe he is unlikely to play much Super Rugby.
James Marshall – Not named to travel to South Africa. Not sure why. Source.
Jonah Lowe – Injured his shoulder in the Crusaders trial, the same one from 2019. No info about an expected return date. Source.
Kane Le’aupepe – Has had hip surgery in mid december to repair a torn labrum and remove a CAM impingement. He will be out for 5-6 months. It is worth noting that these injuries vary massively with return to sport time, it could really be 4-9 months! Source.
Sam Whitelock – Apparently he could be back from his sabbatical around May.
Billy Harmon – Picked up a medial ligament strain last week against the Hurricanes and is expected to be sidelined for four-six weeks, putting a return between rd 4-6. Source.
Quinten Strange – Broke a bone in his right hand in the trial against the Highlanders. Expected to be sidelined for up to five weeks (rd 5). Source.
Ethan Blackadder – Shoulder dislocation at the end of the Mitre 10 cup. Shoulder surgery means he won’t return before May at the earliest. Source.
Whetu Douglas – Out of rd 3 with 2 broken fingers. No more info but I’d say he is gone for 2-4 weeks at a guess. Source.
Beauden Barrett – The star flyhalf/ fullback is due to return from sabattical for rd 7. Source.
Caleb Clarke – Currently with the NZ 7’s, we believe he is unlikely to play much Super Rugby.
Tanielu Tele’a – Dealing with a shoulder injury likely to keep them out of rd 1. No more detail at the moment. Source.
James Tucker – Waiting on scan results for his knee. Source.
Finlay Christie – Aiming to return from a neck injury for rd 6. Source.
Gerard Cowley-Tuioti – Shoulder, aiming to play round 6. Source.
Ezekiel Lindenmuth – Unavailable rd 1. Source.
Jared Page – Unavailable rd 1, aiming to return for round 6. Source.
Alex Hodgman – Tore his calf in rd 1, not sure how severe it was but it would be between 2 and 6 weeks. Source.
Feao Fotuaika – Still rehabbing his ankle from an off season injury. To our knowledge he should be right for the start of the season, but it is not confirmed.
Scott Malolou – Tore his ACL and had it reconstructed in September. An early return around 9 months would have him only back in June.
Filipo Daugunu – Red carded for a tip tackle late in the Reds trial on the 17th of January. Copped a 5 match ban so will miss the first 4 games of the season! Source.
Michael Wood – It sounds like he has cut something significant in his foot in the preason and won’t be back until late March/ April.
Brandon Paenga-Amosa – Sprained his ankle rd 1 and will now consult a surgeon meaning it is likely a high grade injury. Confirmed to miss the 2 week RSA tour but will likely be 6 weeks or more. Source.
James Tuttle – Ruptured his Achilles twice! First in October 2018, and again five months into his rehab. He is now aiming to return for round 1 but thinks he will likely be back a few weeks later. Source.
Jordan Uelese – A hamstring tear should rule him out of the first 4 rounds. Source.
Sbu Nkosi – Flew home from NZ with a hamstring tear, back for round 5 at the earliest, but we haven’t seen a date. Source.
Ramone Samuels – Suffered a bad leg break in 2019. Coach Dobson says his injury is potentially career threatening because his nerve will not regenerate in his ankle. Source.
Daniël du Plessis – Will miss the first few weeks of Super Rugby. Also missed the Currie Cup. Not sure what his injury is. Source.
Siya Kolisi – Rd 1 grade 3 MCL (inside of the knee) tear. His specialist said he will miss a minimum of 6-8 weeks, it could be much worse if it doesn’t heal well. Source.
Ruan Steenkamp – Picked up a concussion in September and hasn’t played since. Only started contact again at the start of 2020. The Bulls will be very cautious with bringing him back to play. Source.
Muller Uys – Clashed heads with Kotze and left the field. Was expected to fully recover for rd 1, started light training the Monday after that. Source.
Marco van Staden – Out of action for up to six weeks after sustaining a concussion in a preseason warm-up match with UP-Tuks earlier this month. Started light training after rd 1. Source.
Tim Agaba – Withdrew from round 1 with a neck strain, now also on light duties after that game. Source.
Dylan Sage – Fractured his ankle and will be on the sideline for 3 months following surgery. Meaning he will be aiming for roughly a 5th of May return. Source.
Simiphiwe Matanzima – Has a shoulder injury rd 1 and will be out of action for 4-6 weeks. Given the time frame i’d suggest he has had an instability episode. Source.
Malcolm Marx – In the middle of a sabbatical in Japan. Due to return to Super Rugby in June. Source.
Gianni Lombard – Tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus trying step someone in round 10 (April). Will be back by the end of March or early April after taking it slow with his rehab.
Rhyno Herbst – Got injured in pre season, will be out for some time. No more details yet. Source.
Reinhard Nothnagel – Has a minor concussion, missed Super hero Sunday. Source.
Darrien Landsberg – Suffering with concussion, no more details but you’d think the two weeks until round 1 should have him as a relatively safe bet to play. Source.
Francke Horn – Grade 2 ankle sprain from Super Hero Sunday. This will keep him out for about 6 weeks on average. Meaning roughly a round 4-5 return. Source.
Jaco Kriel – Won’t feature in Lions the team before March or April, as he is currently recovering from an ankle injury. Source.
Andre Warner – Picked up an ankle injury rd 1, went for a scan on the monday to judge the severity but no more detail yet. Source.
Matias Alemanno – Will miss the first 3 weeks of the competition with a pec tear. Source.
Gone for the season:
Baden Wardlaw (Blues) – Forced to retire before the season due to a chronic neck fusion. Source.
Ray Niuia (Blues) – Has a knee injury that will cost him his season. Source.
Ricky Jackson (Highlanders) – The hooker will miss the entire SR campaign with an ankle injury and operation. Nathan Vella brought in to replace him. Source.
Nathan Harris (Chiefs) – Announced on the 15th of January that he has had a shoulder operation to repair his rotator cuff. Out for at least six months and all of Super Rugby. Source.
Les Leulua’iali’i-Makin (Brumbies) – ruled out of Super Rugby season after rupturing his Achilles on the 25th of January. Source.
Werner Kok (Sharks) – Won’t join the Sharks until August 2020. Source.
Warren Whiteley (Lions) – Has been ruled out of Super Rugby 2020 due to an ongoing knee injury. He is apparently still on a lot of pain. This sounds a lot like an arthritic or chronically swollen knee. Source.
Cyle Brink (Lions) – Ruptured Achilles tendon, will be gone for around 6 months. Done for the season. Source.
Bongi Mbonambi (Stormers) – Ruptured his hamstring in rd 1 and had surgery after rd 2. Gone for the season. Source.
Matías Orlando (Jaguares) – Had shoulder surgery before rd 2 and will be out for roughly 5 months (so we assume it was a shoulder reconstruction). Should be done for the year. Source.
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Written by your local rugby nerd Harrison Dale.