Unlucky break for the Highlanders

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 16 Feb 2008 at 11:00
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Highlanders wing Lucky Mulipola broke his arm the Super 14 opener in Brisbane, a hard-fought and unlucky 16-22 defeat to the Queensland Reds, and is likely to be out for the rest of the season.

Article courtesy Marc Hinton,

Highlanders coach Glenn Moore has confirmed that Mulipola had suffered the serious injury early in the second half and that he was having surgery on the arm in Brisbane today.

He said he could not be sure at this stage how long Mulipola was likely to be out of action for, but did admit it would be a minimum of six to eight weeks and would almost certainly remove the speedy winger from the rest of the campaign.

Moore said a decision on a replacement would be made as soon as the Highlanders coaching staff had a full report on the extent of Mulipola’s injury and recovery time.

But the young Highlanders are certain to require a new winger and may need to be creative to fill the void left by Mulipola’s defection. Could they be tempted by sevens star Victor Vito, a flanker by trade but a converted wing in the abbreviated game who is drawing comparisons with Jonah Lomu?

Other sevens stars, such as Cantab Steve Yates who has just signed a deal to play in Japan, could also be worth a look.

Moore would not be drawn on prospects until the medical information on Mulipola was in and an accurate assessment could be made.


  • Go to the draft and pull in the next up-and-comer. Gotta love the way the system works in NZ

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.02.08 14:02:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • An oxymoron wouldn’t have been out of place for this headline.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.02.08 14:07:21 by hellbent Reply

  • Such as?

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.02.08 14:09:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Simple one, “Unlucky break for Lucky”, or just “Unlucky Lucky”

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.02.08 14:45:09 by hellbent Reply

  • And life still goes on….

    I guess that is why we have squads…

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.02.08 15:50:05 by Hmmm Reply

  • I mean the Lions do VERY well every S14 with AndreP only playing 37% of the games…


  • Comment 6, posted at 16.02.08 15:51:28 by Hmmm Reply

  • Ok….now my pic is up!!!!!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.02.08 15:58:47 by Hmmm Reply

  • Must say….I look out of place here on “the wall of the weird”

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.02.08 16:00:11 by Hmmm Reply


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