Tomorrow sees the start of the fifth round of Super Rugby action, and the injuries list continues to grow at a rapid pace. The highlights in this week’s list are as follows:
Isaia Toeava, from the Blues, has been ruled out for the rest of the Super Rugby season, with a hip injury that has never healed properly from the RWC last year. More bad news for the Blues is that Keven Mealamu has been ruled out of this weekend’s match against the Hurricanes. On the positive side though, both Rudi Wulf and David Raikuna are back on the wings.
For the Lions, we can report that Michael Bondesio is struggling with an injury, and we can only wait for confirmation whether he will play this weekend.
For the Bulls, Johann Sadie is back from injury, while Deon Steggman and Dewald Potgieter remain on the crocked list.
For the Sharks, Jean Deysel is no longer on the injured list as he is available, and will be selected for the Sharks XV match, that takes place on Friday evening.
For the Stormers, Rynardt Elstadt played for the Western Province Vodacom Cup team against the Sharks XV last weekend, and has been removed from the injured list as well.
Lastly, Dan Carter is no longer on the injury list for the Crusaders as he has been selected to face the Cheetahs this weekend, while Ryan Crotty also returns from injury to take up the 12 jersey.
If there are any changes, injuries or returns that I have missed, please just mention them below so that I can update the list.
Dusty Noble (Season)
CJ van der Linde
JC Janse van Rensburg
Wikus van Heerden
Peter Hynes (Expected to retire)
David McDuling (Season)
Damien Fitzpatrick (Season)
Pat McCutcheon (Season)
Drew Mitchell (Season)
Lachie Turner (Season)
Jordan Rapana (Season)
Jerome Kaino (Season)
Isaia Toeava (Season)
Chris Smylie (Season)