Super Rugby injury update

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 4 Apr 2013 at 11:32
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The injuries have been racking up again this season – we’re not even halfway and the injury toll has almost reached the 100 mark. That’s an average of just about 7 for each team. The Sharks who started of the season with 6 pre-season injuries now stand on 8 with Keegan Daniel returning to the squad, but Jean Deysel and Lwazi Mvovo then picking up injuries during the season.

Of the 96 injuries the Stormers and the Highlanders share 20 and are the two teams worse off at this moment. The Bulls and Hurricanes with 9 each and Cheetahs and Sharks with 8 each are no better off though.

The Chiefs, Crusaders and Kings are right on the average with 7 injuries each.

The Australian conference is fairing by far the best with injuries this year. The team with the highest number of injuries in their conference is the Reds with 6, just behind them are the Brumbies, Force and Waratahs with 4 injuries each and the Rebels with only 3.

But everyone must be wondering what the Blues are doing right, as the injury to Charlie Faumuina in round 6, is currently the only injury on their list.

As 27 of the injuries was picked up even before the season started, which means 69 of the injuries was maintained during the 7 weeks of the competition. That’s 10 injuries per week.

Although 14 of the injured players will not return this season and 6 more will only return after round 12, it seems that most of these players should return before 12. In fact it is listed that of the 56 players returning by round 12, 40 are expected to be ready by round 10.

Here’s a list of the injured players by team:

Blues: Charlie Faumuina (Round 12)

Brumbies: Jesse Mogg (Round 10), David Pocock, Ita Vaea (2014), Pat McCabe (Round 8)

Bulls: Bjorn Basson (Round 8), Francois Hougaard, Dean Greyling, Flip vd Merwe (Round 9), Akona Ndungane, Grant Hattingh (Round 10), Marcel vd Merwe, Zane Kirchner, Wynand Olivier (Round12)

Cheetahs: Juan Smith (Retired), Johan Goosen (2014), Frans Viljoen, Waltie Vermeulen, Andries Ferreira, Riaan Smit, Elgar Watts (Round 10), Martin Muller (Round 11)

Chiefs: Scott Waldrom (2014), Tim Nanai-Williams (Round 9), Robbie Robinson, Mahori Schwalger, Ben Afeaki (Round 10), Ross Filipo (Round 12), Tewera Kerr-Barlow (Round 14)

Crusaders: Johnny McNicholl (2014), Kieran Read, Corey Flynn, Owen Franks, Daniel Carter (Round 10), Tom Taylor, Richie McCaw (Round 12)

Force: Brett Sheehan, Nick Cummins, Ben Whitaker (Round 10), Chris Eaton (Unknown)

Highlanders: Kade Poki (Round 9), Tony Woodcock, Hugh Blake, Jamie Mackintosh, Shaun Treeby (Round 10),
Brayden Mitchell (Round 11), Tamati Ellison, Nasi Manu (Playoffs), Declan O’Donnel, Doug Tietjens (2014)

Hurricanes: Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Round 9), Karl Lowe, Victor Vito, Dane Coles, Ash Dixon (Round 10), Blade Thomas, Eric Sione (Round 12), Cory Jane (2014)

Kings: Luke Watson, Darron Nell (Round 8), Micheal Killian (Round 10), SP Marais (Round 12), Hadleigh Parks (Unknown), Tomas Leonardi, Virgile Lacombe (Unknown – International Limits)

Rebels: Cooper Vuna, Kurtley Beale (Round 8), Mimami Sitauti (Round 15)

Reds: Nick Frisby, Digby Ioane, Radike Samo, Saia Faingaa, Micheal Harris, Chris Feauai-Sautia (Round 9)

Sharks: Willem Alberst, Jean Deysel (Round 8), Dale Chadwick, Bismark du Plessis, Butch James (Round 10), Tim Whitehead, Lwazi Mvovo (Unknown)

Stormers: Gerhard van den Heever, Rynhardt Elstadt, Don Armand, Eben Etzebeth, Scarra Ntubeni, Deon Carstens, Peter Grant (Round 10), Tiaan Liebenberg (Round 13), Schalk Burger (Round 15), Bryan Habana (Round 18)

Waratahs: Wycliff Palu, Tatafu Polota-Nau (Round 10), Berrick Barnes (Round 13), Damien Fitzpatrick (2014)


  • When you look at it like that then you realise how bad things have become and it is set to get worse as fatigue sets in.

    Thanks Letgo.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.04.13 12:10:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • My elbow still hurts. Fortunately not my drinking arm, so should miss any action.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.04.13 13:48:32 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :


    Good to have you back! 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.04.13 14:01:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : should should be shouldn’t of course.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.04.13 14:05:13 by McLovin Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : Thank you, dankie. 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.04.13 14:06:58 by McLovin Reply

  • Stormers tend to rely on defense to win games and generally make more tackles. Perhaps a reason why their injury list is so high.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.04.13 16:52:11 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Schalk Burger (Round 1)…..no no Round 3….no no he is almost ready…no no only once he has fully recovered…next day news paper reads “Schalk has bacterial meningitis” – ja Coetsee, you tried to out lie your lies then it all came crumbling down. 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.04.13 17:02:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : Ridiculous comment. Just remember that Whitehead also is not going to be back when Plumtree originally said he would is he also a liar? To call the coach a liar after Schalk was diagnosed with a very severe illness is honestly quite ridiculous and insensitive.

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.04.13 17:19:09 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 8) : Touchy touchy old bear. 😉

    Plum has said that Whitehead’s arm hasn’t bonded the way it should. Coetsee has been absolutely quiet regarding Schalk’s prognosis and why he hasn’t taken the field yet – big difference ❗

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.04.13 17:25:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : Well you got the “old” part right…..sorry for the touchiness. I just feel that with something as serious as bacterial meningitis we should not be accusing anyone of being a liar. As with anyone that comes down with such a serious illness my only thought is to wish him a full and speedy recovery.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.04.13 18:50:24 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : I apologize, as I read it again, I realize my post was not very nice. Thank you for responding in a positive way and not sinking to my level.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.04.13 19:10:00 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) : @Dancing Bear (Comment 11) : Ha ha, that’s what I enjoy about most folk on here, admitting when they react harshly.

    Noo problem, and I am also quite worried about Schalk’s health currently and didn’t mean for it to come across as me being insensitive to his medical condition.

    It’s just irritating when a coach tries to paint a rosy picture which creates false hope, just to see Schalk not returning to the pitch. Some explanation would have been welcome – though calling Allister a liar is probably a bit harsh.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.04.13 19:19:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : “It’s just irritating when a coach tries to paint a rosy picture which creates false hope” Good point, would make much more sense to say how hard it is to win without our talisman Schalk, built in excuse. Then almost any performance is above expectations. Much easier to lower expectations than improve performance! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.04.13 20:08:05 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • Don’t worry as from 2015 super rugby will be even longer if sanzar get their way. European teams must be licking their lips as bokke, all blacks and wallabies will not be at full strenght with all these injuries.

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.04.13 21:40:02 by JD Reply
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