We’re midway through the 2016 Super Rugby season and given the physical nature of the game, it’s no surprise that there have been a number of injury concerns as we enter the second half of competition.
Centre Rene Ranger suffered an ACL rupture to his left knee Saturday night after a tackle from Sharks counterpart Paul Jordaan in the 30th minute. Ranger was seen to by Blues medics and escorted off the field, replaced by George Moala for the remainder of the game.
Post-match, Coach Tana Umaga was realistic about the injury concerns.
“It doesn’t look good when he’s on crutches and has two ice bags on the knee,” said Umaga. “Obviously we’ll have to wait and see, but it doesn’t look good.”
Blues team doctor Stephen Kara has confirmed the ACL rupture injury and said that Ranger will be seeing a specialist later in the week regarding surgery.
Flanker Blake Gibson will also be out of action for the next 10 weeks after fracturing his right thumb during training on April 12. He’s scheduled for surgery on Thursday, April 21 and will rehab post-surgery.
Winger and NZ Sevens star Ben Lam will also be requiring surgery after rupturing his left ACL during a Blues A game. His surgery is scheduled for Friday 22 April.
While there have been some high-profile injury concerns of late, we’re pleased to report on some of our players’ recovery.
After months of rehab, Tanerau Latimer launched his Blues rugby career on Saturday night. The Super Rugby centurion earned his first cap with the team after rehabbing from a calf injury sustained in Japan with Toshiba Brave Lupus.
2016 Wider Training Group member TJ Faiane is now seven weeks post surgery that repaired his right ACL after rupturing his ACL graft. He’s since commenced a rehab programme with Blues physios and will likely return to training at the end of October, 2016.