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Injuries mounting for all teams

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 20 Feb 2012 at 11:50
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The Waratahs will hold onto selecting their team to face the Reds in their first clash of the season as they wait on players to recover from injuries and niggles. A host of stars are already set to miss the start of the season, but fresh injuries after their win over Tonga this weekend has coach Michael Foley worried.

We have already reported that Lachie Turner is out for a majority of the season, and that Drew Mitchell is in a race to be fit for the second week of matches, but fresh news is that Mitchell might only be back as late as April, meaning he will miss the first five rounds of action, at the very least.

Amongst the forwards, Dan Vickerman is set to miss the opening rounds, and might even be forced into retirement following a bone stress in his tibia, and then Rocky Elsom is also struggling with a niggling hamstring.

Fresh injury concerns revolve around Adam Ashley-Cooper and Berrick Barnes, who both sat out training on Monday, Ashley-Cooper with a leg injury and Barnes with a groin strain.

All of the above players form part of the Waratahs core group of leaders and without these players the experience in the starting team will be very limited. The worst of all is that they face their main rivals for top spot in the Aussie conference, the Reds, and could set them back a long way if these players take their time in getting back to full fitness.

Amongst the other teams we have the following injuries that we can report on:

Bulls – Wynand Olivier, Dewald Potgieter
Cheetahs – Juan Smith, Coenie Oosthuizen
Sharks – Beast Mtawarira, Julian Redelinghuys, Willem Alberts, Jean Deysel
Waratahs – Lachie Turner, Drew Mitchell, Dan Vickerman, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes
Crusaders – Dan Carter, Richie McCaw
Reds – Quade Cooper
Lions – Bandiso Maku, Waylon Murray, Ross Cronje
Highlanders – Shaun Treeby, Kendrick Lynn, Kade Poki, Siale Piutau, Jarrad Hoeata, Josh Bekhuis
Stormers – Deon Fourie, Rynhardt Elstadt.
Hurricanes – Reggie Goodes


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