Blues’ injury woes continue

Blues’ injury woes continue

Another name has been added to the lengthy list of injured Blues players.
Winger David Raikuna who was named to start against the Stormers on Friday night in Cape Town has been withdrawn due to a hamstring injury.
Raikuna strained the hamstring during training and has been ruled out to play.
This means 20 year-old Aucklander Ben Lam will start on the right wing and Francis Saili (brother of Peter) will move onto the bench in jersey 22.
Both players are from the Blues Wider Training group.



Had shoulder surgery this week. All went well.

Time out from rugby – approximately six months


A cautionary approach is being taken with Anthony’s neck injury and the plan is to give time for the pain to settle. He won’t play until the specialist says he can safely return to rugby.

Time out from rugby – estimated 2-6 weeks at this stage


Having scans to investigate the problem and to check if the injury is related to last year’s stress fracture. Once the results are known, the team doctor will discuss with specialists the best approach and give an update next week.

Time out from rugby – yet to be determined


Shoulder injury repairing well. It is expected Rudi will train with the team next week on their return from South Africa and could possibly be available for the game against the Hurricanes next Friday. To be confirmed next week


Shoulder repair is progressing well and he could possibly return to team training next week. How his shoulder stands up with reintegration to training will determine his availability to play.

Also unavailable to play this week – Rene Ranger, Tony Woodcock and Michael Hobbs. Woodcock will join the squad on their return from South Africa.