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MacDonald, McCaw & Thorn unavailable

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 19 Feb 2009 at 06:27
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The Crusaders will be without three experienced players – captain Richie McCaw, Brad Thorn and Leon MacDonald – for Saturday night’s match against the Brumbies in Canberra.

The Crusaders website reports Flanker McCaw suffered a head knock in the round-one victory over the Chiefs last week and although he has improved significantly, according to concussion protocols he has not recovered sufficiently to play on Saturday.

Lock Thorn left AMI Stadium last week with a plantar fascia (heel) injury and will not play, while fullback MacDonald also went off early against the Chiefs with an A/C joint (shoulder) injury.

George Whitelock will play in the number seven jersey, with Isaac Ross coming in for Thorn and Stephen Brett for MacDonald.

Flanker Kieran Read will captain the side.

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder said McCaw was close to being available but was not quite 100 per cent.

“He has been following our concussion protocols this week and we’ve been monitoring him closely but the Crusaders management, along with Richie, have decided that he won’t play this week,” Blackadder said.

It was too early to say how long Thorn and MacDonald would be out for, he added.

Blackadder was confident the injured players’ replacements would step up against the Brumbies.

“George, Isaac and Stephen are quality players and this is a great opportunity for them,” he said. “You can never go through this competition without picking up injuries and, although having three experienced players out at the same time is unfortunate, I’m sure these young guys will make their presence felt.”

Loose forward Nasi Manu and back Ryan Crotty come on to the reserves bench.

1.Wyatt Crockett
2.Corey Flynn
3.Ben Franks
4.Isaac Ross
5.Ross Filipo
6.Kieran Read (c)
7.George Whitelock
8.Thomas Waldrom
9.Andy Ellis
10.Colin Slade
11.Kade Poki
12.Tim Bateman
13.Casey Laulala
14.Jared Payne
15.Stephen Brett

16.Jason Macdonald
17.Bronson Murray
18.Michael Paterson
19.Nasi Manu
20.Kahn Fotuali’i
21.Ryan Crotty
22.Adam Whitelock


  • damn. Major fantasy league implications this side

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.02.09 07:45:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • not only that, big game for them against brumbies and without them they’ll be in trouble.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.02.09 08:07:11 by try time Reply

    Super Rugby player
  • shark side is on sharksrugby, bench looks so much beter with beast on it!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.02.09 08:11:32 by willa Reply

    willaVodacom Cup player
  • Was great to see Rathbone back on the field… and has lost none of his pace… nor determination in the BIG hits…

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.02.09 08:15:15 by bryce_in_oz Reply

    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
  • Jeez , all 3 are in my FL team. Any idea when they will be back. I need to decide whether to trade any of them. :???:

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.02.09 08:45:14 by Pokkel Reply
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    Assistant coach
  • not good for my FL… :evil:

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.02.09 09:20:37 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • McCaw concussed again? :shock: He should be carefull.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.02.09 10:14:50 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach
  • Same with me. BUT add to that: so’oialo, mealamu, jean dV, luaki, mills. And beast on bench and jaques sumwhere! Geez ek gan di ondrspit delf!:-D

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.02.09 12:40:47 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

    JustPlainSHARKCurrie Cup player
  • Does anybody know if JdV is gonna play?

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.02.09 13:37:33 by Pokkel Reply
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    Assistant coach
  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : Rassie knows but he’s not saying. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.02.09 14:49:57 by McLovin Reply

    McLovinAssistant coach

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